Page added on December 14, 2012
Vista Raise £22,830 in Just 30 Minutes!
- A Big Thank You to Vista’s Big Givers
Vista, the local charity providing support to children and adults with sight loss, recently raised £22,830 in just 30 minutes during the Big Give Christmas Challenge!
This amazing feat took place on December 6th, 7th and 8th as part of The Big Give Christmas Challenge; a competition where all public donations made in the time allocated are matched with a corporate donation. However, the competition requires donators to contribute their money quickly, as donations are only 100 per cent matched until the money runs out.
The match funding is donated by a group of London-based philanthropists who released £500,000 at 10am every morning during the three days of the competition.
Dedicated to improving the lives of local people with sight loss in Leicestershire and Rutland, Vista plan to spend the money on activity sessions in the social groups for blind and visually impaired people, helping them to explore creativity, develop a range of life skills, build confidence, self esteem and independence, whilst reducing social isolation. These groups ensure that people with sight loss can meet to enjoy leisure activities and each other’s company, tackling the sense of isolation that many people with sight loss experience. The groups are supported by a team of enthusiastic and specialist support workers and meet weekly or fortnightly all over Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, featuring activities ranging from music and Zumba to outings.
A spokesperson for Vista said, “We are overwhelmed with the amount of money raised and would like to thank everyone who has supported Vista by making a donation. The funding will provide activities for our Social Groups, enabling people with sight loss to get out and meet with friends in a safe and enjoyable environment.”
Anybody that missed out on this year’s Big Give can still make a donation to Vista by calling the Vista Helpline on 0116 249 8839 or visiting the Vista Website at www.vistablind.org.uk