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Insight Spring 2017

Here for people with sight loss Hello Everyone, I hope you’re all keeping well and enjoying the lighter nights. As usual, it’s all go here at HERIB with plenty happening to keep us all busy. It’s great to see so much happening in the City with the City of Culture year now well under way and our very own sculpture project, ‘A Sight to Behold’ funded through the City of Culture, Creative Communities fund is now starting to develop. This project will see members of the HERIB art group, along with members of art groups from other regional blind and partially sighted societies including Sheffield, York, Selby and South Lincolnshire come together to develop a tactile sculpture which will ultimately be located in the Eye Hospital in Hull. This unique ‘one off’ project is open to anyone whatever your degree of sight loss. Our art group meets on a Wednesday here at HERIB, so why not give us a call and get involved, you’ll be made very welcome (see enclosed flyer for more information). People who are fully sighted are also very welcome to attend and join in the group in a volunteering and supportive capacity. Also, please note that HERIB have a contract with City of Culture to provide their materials in alternate formats; we therefore have copies available of the Season 2 Guides (April—September) in large print, braille and audio. Please give us a call if you would like to receive one of these copies. There is no charge, we just need your contact details and we will post to you. Following feedback from some of our members, some VI Forum members have been working closely with staff at the Interchange in Hull city centre to develop a pilot Meet and Greet programme related to bus travel. I would like to encourage as many visually impaired people as possible to participate in the current pilot programme which runs until the end of May. Please see further information about this pilot project on page 9 and how you can access it and provide feedback. Until next time……… enjoy the better weather and keep well. Sandra Ackroyd, Chief Executive

News from our Board of Trustees Hello everyone It’s good to see HERIB being involved in many of the City of Culture activities, whether it’s the audio description available to visually impaired people at particular events including a hosted visit to ‘The Blade’, it’s good that we have developed links with the City of Culture team and we are working together to help make the activities as accessible as possible for all. We are also hosting a special Macular Meeting on 21st April, arranged by the Macular Society with renowned speaker Professor Pete Coffey, Professor of Visual Psychophysics. This proves to be a very informative and interesting talk; further information and tickets are available from HERIB reception at a cost of £5 each including a buffet lunch. Our range of services has greatly extended over the last 12 to 18 months with the various SocialEyes activities and the befriending service and we’re always keen to hear feedback from any members about our current services or any suggestions about new ones so we look forward to hearing from you.

Easter Service Monday 10th April 2017 Venue: HERIB Time: 1.30pm HERIB is delighted to invite you to join us at our Easter Service with Reverend John Tasker. Admission FREE. Everyone welcome!

Easter Closures HERIB will be closed on the following dates: Good Friday 14th April Easter Monday 17th April We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you

Macular Society (Goole) The Macular Society (Goole) support group offers fellowship, information, support, social events and guest speakers. The group meets at The Courtyard in Goole on the second Tuesday of every month between 1pm to 3pm. Cost:£2.00 including refreshments

Kind regards Hollie Haeney Chair of Trustees

New members are welcome and you can be assured of a warm welcome. For more information about the group and or membership, please call Karen Dunderdale on 07790 445785.

Listening Books

Apply by contacting Jo Cord on 020 7407 9417 or email You can also apply online by visiting and ticking the box to apply for a free place.

Free memberships available for audiobook library service. Audiobooks are a lifeline for many people who struggle to read in the usual way, providing access to the comfort, relaxation and joy of reading. Listening Books is a national charity that provides a postal and online audiobook library service to children and adults who struggle to read or hold printed books due to an illness, disability, mental health or learning difficulty, and they have recently received funding to offer a number of FREE memberships for people in Hull and East Riding who would find the usual fees (£20 - £45 per year) a barrier to joining the service. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from a free membership, please get in touch! The library has a huge range of brilliant audiobooks including educational titles, new releases and bestselling authors such as Agatha Christie, JK Rowling, MC Beaton, John le Carré, Philippa Gregory and Ben Aaronovitch. Titles are available to download and stream through the website or app, or as MP3 CDs sent through the post (all postage is included in the membership).

“Listening Books is a life saver and when I phone you are always so kind and helpful,” Listening Books member

SocialEYES Singing Group

Every Thursday 10am – 11.30am

Our singing group meets every Thursday morning at the HERIB centre to rehearse and learn new songs. Our members find that not only is this a great way to learn more about singing, but is also a fantastic way to make friends and increase confidence. Sheila Dent, a regular at the singing group said; “personally, I love it. I love the camaraderie we have all got, and it’s nice to be able to choose what we want to sing. It’s also good for your health!” If you would like more information on the singing group, or would like to join, please contact Andy Brown on (01482) 342297.

Telephone Befriending Great news! HERIB have secured further funding enabling the Telephone Befriending Service to continue making valued calls to our members. Our increasing team of dedicated, trustworthy and reliable volunteers make regular phone calls to our members who are less able to get out and about, either due to reduced sight or poor mobility. The aim of this service is to help reduce the feeling of loneliness and isolation. These regular calls are proving to be a great success and are always very welcomed and looked forward to, with some of our befriendees sitting by the phone waiting for calls to chat with their volunteer.

For more information about our Telephone Befriending Service, please call our Telephone Befriending Coordinator, Karen Dunderdale on 01482 342297.

Talking Newspapers The Talking Magazine produces a weekly talking newspaper including news and feature articles taken mainly from the local papers in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. Anyone who is unable to read a newspaper due to sight problems or other disability can receive the Talking Magazine. For more information please contact: Hull & District: 01482 585822 Beverley & District: 01482 657073 Bridlington: 01262 677488 Goole & District: 01405 948831

We have received lots of great feedback from our befriendees, including the following comments: “You’re doing such a good job, you don’t realize how much of a difference it’s making to me” “I am very grateful for my call, it’s nice to know that I am being thought of and is makes me feel less isolated. These calls mean so much to me” “I really appreciate my call and it’s nice to know that someone outside cares” If you, or someone you know, may benefit from receiving a friendly phone call, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Macular Society (Hull) The Macular Society (Hull) support group offers fellowship, information, support, social events and guest speakers.

The group meets at HERIB on the third Friday of every month between 10.30am and 12.15pm. New members are welcome and you can be assured of a warm welcome. For more information about the group and or membership, please call Clive Skinner on 01482 656714.

Resource Centre Optelec Traveller HD Want to read your newspapers and small print at ease? Have lots of post and correspondence to get through but struggle with the magnifier you already have? Then why not make life a little easier and look at the Traveller HD Electronic Magnifier that is available from Optelec. In high definition, the Traveller HD enlarges everyday content from 2.5 to 30 times on a generous- sized 13.3-inch widescreen. The unique Slide & Read design provides a more natural reading experience, especially for those that find it difficult to keep their hands steady. Simply slide and view the content on-screen as if it were in large print.

Try the Traveller HD for yourself. Simply call us at HERIB on 01482 342297 to book a convenient time to visit the Resource Centre. Price: £1,995 ‘See Clear’ Visual Aid Thermostat Adjustment sticker Struggle to turn your heating temperatures up and down on your thermostat? Need help adjusting it with ease and confidence? Then there may be a solution for you. See Clear’ have created thermostat stickers which are quick to apply and simple to use. Enabling you to see/ feel the temperature zones and adjust the setting yourself.

See Clear visual aid stickers come with an adhesive back and once the protective backing is removed, can be applied directly to the dial of the thermostat. For those whose thermostats are not compatible, a new thermostat can be supplied with the sticker already attached. They have 4 types of stickers which cover over 30 of the most popular models of thermostat. Price: £5.99 Amplidect Combi 295 Corded desk and cordless phone with answer machine (Now available for demonstration in our Resource Centre) Want to dial numbers at ease and call family and friends with confidence? Then look no further. The Amplidect Combi 295 Phone combines a desk phone with photo buttons, and a cordless handset too. This is a good option for when you need a phone to be in a fixed place, and a separate phone elsewhere that can be portable, making life a little easier making those important phone calls around the house. Price: £69.95 (ex VAT) Snakes & Ladders Game (Now available for demonstration in our Resource centre) A beautifully handmade wooden traditional family game with embossed snakes and ladders. Each

square has braille numbering and the two pegs are shaped differently on top for ease of play. Comes complete with game instructions, a braille die and a shaking cup. This fun and easy to use game is the perfect way of interacting with friends and family. Why not introduce ‘Game night’ in your home and see who is up to the competition with this fantastic game! The board is 48cm square. Price: £54.95 Large Print Monopoly Game (Now available for demonstration in our Resource centre) The extra-large cards and money with Braille and large print, allows everyone to play this game together. The 20” square board game has a moulded overlay which enables you to identify all the spaces and locations of the properties. All squares, money, dice, property and playing cards have Braille and large print. Complete with Braille instructions. Please note: The game is the American version of Monopoly with reference to American dollars and place names. This traditional game is a fantastic way to pass the summer afternoons with family and friends. Why not see who can get the most money and the most property? Let the games begin !! Price: £54.95

LED Portable Twist Light (Now available for demonstration in our Resource Centre) The attractively designed Twist Portable Lamp is the most popular lamp in the Daylight range. The daylight LED’s provides high contrast and accurate colour matching, making it easier and less tiring to read, work and see detail clearly. The LED’s never need replacing and are low in energy consumption. The twistable shade allows the light to be positioned where you need it and the lightweight design makes it easy to move around the house or even for taking to classes. Its high light output makes it ideal for bookworms and all types of craftwork. Having a sight impairment shouldn’t stand in the way of your hobbies and your independence. Having a portable bright reading light may give you the confidence to read in comfort once again. Price: £40.00 Vocal Blood Pressure Monitor (Now available for demonstration in our Resource Centre) This fully-automatic, talking blood pressure monitor for the upper arm speaks in 4 languages to provide your systolic and diastolic blood pressure and your pulse per minute. Volume adjustable with the ability to also turn off the speech function. It has a large, easy-to-see display with a blue LCD backlight. It stores the

average of all measured morning and evening blood pressure values for the last 7 days and includes 2 x 60 memory spaces for storage of data. This blood pressure monitor can detect existing cardiac Arrhythmia. It has an automatic switch off function, a signal in case of application error, battery changing indicator, blood pressure passport and a practical storage pouch included. Price: £44.95 4-inch Hands-free LED magnifier (Now available for demonstration in our Resource Centre) Want to read and complete your favourite hobbies in comfort and confidence? Then this ‘Hands Free’ Magnifier may be for you. Perfect for needlepoint, reading, jewellery making or any fine-detail activity where both hands are needed, this 4 inch Hands-Free LED Magnifier provides super bright LED illumination and powerful magnification. Simply place the cord around your neck and adjust the length to meet your viewing needs. The no-slip rubberised feet keep the magnifier perfectly in place above your work so your hands are free. And, the 1.5x optical-grade acrylic magnifier features a powerful 4.25x spot viewer and a rimless edge for uninterrupted viewing. Price: £20.00

Day Groups Our small, friendly groups meet together every week in a variety of locations throughout Hull and the East Riding. Offering a pick-up service to and from your door, our day groups are a great way to socialise and meet new friends and only costs £5.00 to attend. After lunch (available at a small extra charge) you can take part in an activity such as bingo, dominoes, quizzes and musical entertainment or you may just want to sit and chat with friends, the choice is yours. If you are interested in attending one of the groups we run throughout Hull and the East Riding, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more Information on 01482 342297.

Glaucoma Group Want to find out more about living with Glaucoma? The Glaucoma Group hosted by HERIB meets bi-monthly and aims to provide advice, information and support to local people with glaucoma. Meetings take place at HERIB on the second Friday of alternate months between 11am to 1pm. Subscriptions are £1.50 per person. For more information about the Glaucoma Group including dates of forthcoming meetings, please call HERIB on 01482 342297.

Pantomime Outing HERIB would like to say a huge thank you to the Make A Difference Together charity who kindly sponsored our annual pantomime outing. Some 85 children, their parents and their brothers and sisters attended the Sunday matinee performance of Cinderella at a cost of £1,300. Ahead of the performance, the children were introduced to the stars of the show including former glamour model Linda Lusardi, appearing as the Wicked Stepmother. Wayne Johnson, of Make A Difference Together said he decided to help the children after his father lost his sight and his family were helped by HERIB.

He said: "The kids loved it, they were absolutely buzzing. They are visually impaired so they can't see the cast but we arranged for them to meet them ahead of the show so they can get to touch the costumes and chat to the stars so they're really involved." Make A Difference was set up by Mr Johnson after he raised thousands of pounds to help disabled children across East Yorkshire. It became a registered charity earlier this year and is helping children of all ages to get involved in disability sports, other goals and activities, and achieve their dreams. As well as helping individual children including Nicola Sartin, who has a

condition that causes loss of vision eventually leading to blindness. Wayne has supported various charities and groups including Downright Special, Freddie's Friends, Sunshine House, the Electric Eels Powerchair Football Team, Reece Brocklesby Friends Forever, HERIB.

City of Culture HERIB would like to say a big thank you to the Hull UK City of Culture team in particular Audience Engagement manager, James McGuire, for their kind support of our SocialEYES programme. “They’ve been very supportive from allocating dedicated viewing areas, arranging parking to give easy access, organising touch tours prior to performances and audio descriptions, “says Andy Brown, HERIB’s SocialEYES Coordinator. “It’s been a pleasure to work with the City of Culture team who have also been keen to listen to feedback from our members who often face struggles to access such events so we really appreciate the proactive approach that the City of Culture team have taken in ensuring people with sight loss do not miss out on the excitement of this special year.”

Your Feedback Needed! Hull City Council is looking to improve services for visually impaired passengers travelling through the Interchange in Hull. The trial for the bus passengers assistance meet and greet pilot is following feedback regarding the issues that blind and partially sighted passengers face when accessing the Interchange.

The pilot will run from March to the end of May 2017. The intention is that should the meet and greet service be deemed as successful following the pilot it will be rolled out to the general public to offer assistance to any passengers which require support whilst accessing the Interchange, however for the purpose of the pilot the scheme will only be available to members of HERIB. During the pilot it is accepted that due to staffing levels at the Interchange, it may not always be possible to offer the service but this will be made clear at time of booking. Guidelines To make arrangements for the passenger assistance service contact the Public Transport Team via telephone or email giving a minimum of 24hours notice. , 07785520641.

When booking the service you will need to provide your name and contact telephone number, the date and time of travel, the bus service you will be traveling on and/or the preferred meeting point. The Interchange Supervisor will confirm if the booking is possible at time of booking or via a confirmation email. The Interchange Supervisor will complete a booking form (internal use only) Any cancellation of bookings will need to be via telephone (as above) Should the Public Transport Team need to cancel the booking due to sickness etc., this will be done as soon as possible. Any feedback regarding the pilot can be sent to Or you can obtain a copy of the feedback form from HERIB by calling us on 01482 342297. Thank you for your support.

SocialEYES It has been another busy few months for our SocialEYES group. Recent SocialEYES trips have seen us attending the spectacular City of Culture event ‘In with a Bang’. We have also been to The Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre in February and our March trip was to The Deep. We have started a new Gym group at the Learning Zone in the KCOM Stadium working alongside Hull College Students, this session is alternate Mondays at 11.00 am. We have again sent a Team to the National Visually Impaired Acoustic Shooting Championships in Wolverhampton, five Members of our Group entered. In Category B, Tony Temple came 2nd and in Cat D Ann Kohler came 1st, Elaine Rackley 4th, Chris Walker 6th and Stephen Moore 7th. A fantastic weekend was had by all with some great results. Forthcoming outings: Monday 24th April Tropical World at Roundhay Park in Leeds Monday 22nd May North York Moors Steam Railway journey Monday 17th July Canal trip For more information or to reserve places, please contact Andy Brown at HERIB on 01482 342297.

SocialEYES Activity Programme: Gym Workout Alternate Mondays 11.00am -12noon Venue: KCom Stadium Cost: FREE Walking Alternate Tuesdays 10.30am -12noon Venue: East Park Cost: FREE Tenpin Bowling Alternate Tuesdays 10.30am -12noon Venue: Superbowl, Princes Quay Shopping Centre Cost: £3 per game Arts & Crafts Wednesdays 1pm—3pm Venue: HERIB Cost: FREE Singing Group Thursdays 10am - 11am Venue: HERIB Cost: £3 per session Acoustic Shooting Thursdays Departs HERIB 11.15am Cost: £5 per session (There is currently a waiting list for this activity) Walking Football Fridays 2.30 - 3.30pm Venue: Soccer Kings, Oslo Road, Hull, HU7 0YN. Cost: £2.50 per session Anyone interested in joining either an activity group or outing should contact Andy Brown at HERIB on 01482 342297.

Optimise In the spring of 2015, HERIB was awarded a share of £400,000 from the Big Lottery Fund which equated to £18k per year for two years to launch a new project called ‘Optimeyes’.The grant was awarded following a successful bid from the national sight loss charity RNIB. The project ran across Yorkshire and South Lincolnshire in partnership with other sight loss organisations including York Blind and Partially Sighted Society (YBPPS), Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind (SRSB), Sight Support Ryedale, Selby District Vision and South Lincolnshire Blind Society. The key aims and objectives of ”Optimise” were to identify older people aged fifty and over who were experiencing problems with their sight, and to refer them on to the local health, social and charity services to provide them with additional support, offer eye health advice and help them to have a better understanding of how to manage their own eye health whilst addressing the emotional and practical impact of sight loss. The project was coordinated by our Training Officer Tracy Atkinson and has been a resounding success. From hosting eye health and information stands to visiting sheltered housing schemes, undertaking vision screening using the Eyes Right Toolkit to delivering talks to local groups, offering training on assistive technology such as smart phones to

Family Ancestry courses, over the two years, HERIB was able to support 1,361 older people, deliver visual impairment awareness training to 247 people and recruit and train 14 new volunteers. In addition, Optimeyes funding allowed us to purchase additional IT equipment and set up a new IT suite. The legacy of the project is that we can continue to use this facility and offer these services.

“Optimise” partner organisations came together to celebrate their combined achievements at a grand finale event held at the Mercure Station Hotel in Hull at the end of March.

Keep In Touch! If you would also like to receive our monthly Enewsletters with up-to-date details of our events and campaigns, please email And don’t forget! You can also follow us on Facebook at and Twitter at @HERIB1.

Mobile Resource Service Our Mobile Resource Bus offers advice and information to help people to cope with the every day difficulties of living with sight loss. There is no need to book an appointment, simply pop along to any of the venues on the following dates: Bridlington Hospital (Outpatients) 10.15am – 12.15pm April 11th, May 9th, June 13th, July 11th Driffield (Tesco’s George Street) 1pm – 3pm May 23rd, July 25th Withernsea (Shores Centre) 2pm – 3pm April 3rd, June 5th

Hornsea (Methodist Church Newbegin) 2pm– 3pm May 17th, July 19th

Freedom Centre (inside) 10.30am – 2.30pm April 27th, May 25th, June 22nd, July 27th Goole Ophthalmology Dept 1pm – 3pm April 17th, May 15th, June 19th, July 17th Goole Ophthalmology Dept 10.30am – 2pm April 13th, May 15th, June 8th, July 13th Age UK Hull (Porter Street inside) 10.30am – 12.30pm April 6th, May 4th, June 1st, July 5th Willerby Library (inside) 1pm – 3pm April 18th, May 16th, June 13th, July 18th

Bransholme Health Centre (inside) 9.30am – 11.30am April 5th, May 3rd, June 7th, July 5th Longhill Health Centre (inside) 1pm – 3pm April 24th, May 22nd, June 26th, July 24th Orchard Park Health Centre (inside) 1pm – 3pm April 4th, May 2nd, June 6th, July 4th Brough Medical Centre (inside) 10am – 11.30am April 14th, May 12th, June 9th, July 14th

Please note: All dates are subject to change. Where possible, if you have a specific enquiry or request for help, please confirm these attendance dates by calling HERIB on 01482 342297.

Fundraising Diary HERIB holds a number of events and challenges throughout the year which raise vital funds for the charity. Forthcoming dates include:

Tandem Skydive Sunday 9th July 2017 Calling all thrill seekers! We are on the lookout for those brave enough to kick start their summer with a 15,000ft skydive. Those who take part will be enjoying the highest skydive in the UK whilst raising valuable funds to support local people with sight loss. The tandem skydive allows you to enjoy one minute of adrenalin fuelled freefall harnessed to the front of a BPA qualified instructor. You can skydive on Sunday 9th July. Participants must be 16 or over and must contact HERIB to register. If you think you’re brave enough please get in touch. It will be a thrilling experience!

Blind Driving Challenge Saturday 15th July 2017 Venue: Norton Lightwood, Norton Avenue, Sheffield, S8 8BG Are you up for a challenge? Then why not try driving a car blindfolded in aid of HERIB?

Participants will get the chance to drive 3 miles (two laps of the course) in a dual control car whilst receiving instructions from a qualified driving instructor. This event is open to all whether you are blind, visually impaired or sighted from 11 years of age (blind and visually impaired drivers would not be required to wear a blindfold). This event is organised in conjunction with Safety 1st Driving Academy and Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind. The second lap will be timed in our very own “Top Gear” Time Lap Challenge with a prize for the fastest time over the two challenges. Registration fee: £10 Please book in advance to reserve your slot. Minimum suggested sponsorship £50.

Great North Run 2017 Sunday 10th September 2017 Looking for the motivation to get fit or challenge yourself in 2017? Why not start running and take on a half marathon?

Starting in Newcastle, the course crosses iconic Tyne Bridge, passes through Gateshead and its famous international athletics stadium before finishing on the coast in South Shields. HERIB has a limited number of guaranteed places in the 2017 Great North Run for anyone who can raise a minimum of £250 in sponsorship.

Casino Night

Your Support

Wednesday 9th August 2017

So many people give their time and energy to raising funds in support of HERIB. It never ceases to amaze us just how kind people can be. Here are just a few of the things that our supporters have been doing recently:

Join us for a fundraising evening at Napoleon's Casino including live musical entertainment, a luxury hot buffet and a £5 bet per person. All winnings from this bet will be donated to HERIB and the person who wins the highest amount will also win a meal for four people at Napoleon's Restaurant. Tickets are priced at £10 and includes entry into the charity raffle with some fantastic prizes to be won. Please note that there is a maximum of 60 guests for this event and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please note: This event is open to over 18’s only (U21’s may require ID). For further information about any of our events or challenges or to book places, please call HERIB on 01482 342297 or email Angela Gregory at Hold Your Own Event HERIB is happy to offer advice and assistance to supporters who wish to host their own events or take on their own challenges. We can provide sponsor forms, promotional support, encouragement as well as certificates and acknowledgment following the event. What would YOU like to do?

Our good friend Tina Whiteley has been continuing to raise funds for us. Tina, who works at the Eye Clinic at Hull Royal Infirmary, has been busy raising funds for the charity by organising a book stall at the clinic and selling books to both patients and her fellow staff aided by fellow nurse Jeannette Hughes who has coordinated a series of raffles. Together the pair (pictured above) have raised an amazing £1,000. Thanks to the staff, management and customers of Beverley Building Society who chose HERIB as their Charity of the Month in February and as a result donated a fabulous £250 to us. Thanks to the stall holders, volunteers and customers who made our recent Easter Fayre in Cottingham such a big success and helped us to raise a fantastic £900.

The lovely Yvonne Priestman an avid golfer and, as Captain of the Ladies Team at Ganstead Golf Club, chose HERIB as her Charity of the Year. Over the last twelve months Yvonne, with the help of her committee, has been organising fundraising events, from golf days to cook offs, race night to quizzes to raise money to help the charity support local people with sight loss. In total Yvonne raised an incredible £2,390 and called in to HERIB to hand over her donation to some of the members in person (pictured above). Councillor Peter Turner (Chairman ERYC)also chose HERIB as his Charity of the Year and we were over the moon to receive a cheque for £2,307. A huge thank you to Cllr Turner and everyone who supported his fabulous year of fundraising.

A group of middle aged cyclists from the Hull area calling themselves the “Lycra Louts” held a charity quiz night and raised a fabulous £400 for HERIB. Thanks guys! The lovely Eileen Walsh celebrated her 100th birthday and asked for donations to HERIB in lieu of gifts raising an amazing £285!

A big thank you to our friend Kerry Jenkinson at D3 for donating this desk screen to help us keep our paperwork private when working in our Resource Centre (pictured above). As you can see from Sinead's smile, she's delighted with her new look desk. Thanks also to Simon and Jamie for taking time out to deliver it.

Our friends at 360 Accountants (pictured above) became the first company to take on our Business Challenge 500 and used their entrepreneurial skills turn £50 into £500. They started the challenge, just before the EU referendum, by initially using the £50 to make and sell Brexit buns. Then bought paints and brushes to paint a gate at the Art Market in Cottingham. They also weeded a car park and hired out staff to undertake audits raising a fantastic total of £503.50. A huge HERIB thank you to you all!

25th Anniversary Appeal Carol Winter, a local OAP from Little Weighton, is celebrating a quarter of a century of fundraising in 2017. During that time, she has raised over a hundred thousand pounds for HERIB and is still going strong at the age of 70. Her first event was a karaoke music evening and since then she has organised an amazing variety of events from walks to charity balls, quizzes to runs, bike rides to fancy dress nights, karaoke nights to store collections. “It’s been a lot of hard work,” says Carol. “But I’ve laughed throughout all of my fundraising exploits. When asked what keeps her going, she says, “It’s the thought of not being able to see. People don’t realise how lucky they are. Close your eyes for just five minutes and try to do all those simple things you take for granted when you can’t see what you’re doing. It’s such a frightening thought.” This year Carol has set herself yet another incredible challenge:

To raise enough money to purchase a new minibus for HERIB at a cost of £30,000.

The buses are a real lifeline for many local people with sight loss who would otherwise struggle to leave their homes because of the problems of using public transport, getting to unknown venues, accessing unknown travel routes. “I want to carry on fundraising for as long as I can but at the very least until I’ve raised enough for a new bus,” says Carol . “And I’m hoping I can persuade as many people as possible to help. Please make a donation to mark my 25th anniversary appeal, and together we can make a real difference to local people with sight loss.” Donations can be sent to HERIB at the address below (cheques made payable to “HERIB”) or cash donations can be dropped in to HERIB or to Winter Shoes in Cottingham. “We can’t thank Carol enough for her amazing support over the last twenty five years, “ says Angela Gregory HERIB Fundraising Manager. “And we are thrilled that she has chosen to continue her support in this very special year.”

Carol Winter (pictured right) HERIB, Beech Holme, Beverley Road, Hull HU5 1NF Telephone: 01482 342297 Email: Registered Charity No. 223668

HERIB Insight magazine Spring 2017  

HERIB's magazine featuring all the latest news and events from the charity.