The number of blind and partially sighted people living in Cornwall has almost doubled in the last 10 years. With this number expected to increase to 32,000 by 2030, it is more important than ever for us to reach more people and give them the support they need to maintain their independence.
That’s why we’ve launched the Sight Appeal. We’re hoping to raise £50,000 this year to help support local clubs which provide a vital lifeline for people with visual impairments; as well as funding an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) based at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske.
We’ve worked alongside the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust to bring the first ECLO to the county, and this appeal will support the ongoing costs of having someone on hand to provide practical and emotional support to help people understand their diagnosis and come to terms with living with sight loss.
How to get involved
Help us spread the word – do you know of a community group looking for speakers? We regularly visit local organisations who are interested in finding out more about one of Cornwall’s oldest charities. Often, in return, the group will make a donation to the charity. Some even go on to choose us as their charity of the year and hold fundraising events on our behalf.
Home donation boxes – Our home donation boxes are a brilliant way of collecting spare pennies and loose change around the house. Once the box is full, either return it to the Sight Centre or take it to a bank to be counted and make your donation via cheque.
Shop online – If you sign up to Give as you Live or Amazon Smile, they’ll donate a percentage of the purchase price to iSightCornwall every time you buy online, at no extra cost to you. It is free to join and is an easy way to raise money every time you shop.
Text to donate – Simply text ‘EYES05 £5‘ to 70070 to donate £5 to our Sight Appeal.
Hold a fundraising event – whether it is a quiz night at your local pub, a cake sale at work, or taking on a sporting challenge there are plenty of fun ways to raise money for iSightCornwall.
Collect used stamps – Collecting stamps is an easy way to help us raise money and it doesn’t cost you a penny. Simply tear your used stamps from the envelope, put them to one side until you have a small collection, then pop them into one of our pre-paid envelopes and we’ll do the rest.