My first encounter with Vision Charity was at the video show at Haydock Park last year.
“Vision Charity was created in 1975 and celebrates over 35 years of fundraising for the benefit of blind and visually impaired children. Its foundation was the professional and corporate television industry, but since then it has broadened its reach beyond the Visual Communications Industries.
Our Mission is to try and inject fun into the lives of the blind and visually impaired children we support as well as their families. We have succeeded in doing this through the support of our ever expanding support base of corporate, celebrity and individual sponsors. Our board is well connected representing the worlds of broadcast, finance, private equity, venture capital, fashion retail, PR and Marketing. We also maintain very close links with professional organisations including the Royal National Institute for the Blind, Sense, The Royal London Society for the Blind, The Royal National College – Hereford, Autism Independent and many others.
We actively work with our Patrons, most notably the recent addition of David and Coraline Ginola, in the marketing efforts surrounding our various fundraising events most notable the recent launch of our sports legacy fund initiative.
Our primary aim is to raise money to provide access to facilities and equipment for our blind and visually impaired children. We have provided equipment including sensory rooms, the Katie Price playground at Dorton House School as well as weekend breaks for these children and their families. Making life easier for this community of people is our credo and there are many more opportunities that we can explore.
The management of the Charity has traditionally been through volunteers.”
Only this week I was photographing a wee cracker of a pup called Ike, he is 8 weeks old and starting out in his major career as a guide dog for the blind. These are very special dogs and I have a lot of time for people like my friend Lynda who has volunteered to look after and train wee Ike till he is about thirteen months old.
As cameramen and women we use our eyes daily to produce many types of programs for television, corporate and industrial to special events like weddings. We have a special relationship with our sight so why not give a donation to a well worth charity.