RNIB partners with 28 smaller charities for January fundraising challenge

13 Dec 2021 News

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has expanded its Take on 250 fundraising campaign and is working with over 20 smaller sight loss charities.

RNIB launched the Take on 250 challenge in January 2021, when it raised £28,000. This year it is working with 28 members of Visionary, a national membership organisation for local sight loss charities, to reach more people. 

Other members of the Visionary group are also welcome to get involved in the campaign, which takes place from 1 – 31 January 2022. 

A spokesperson for RNIB told Civil Society News the charity decided to work with smaller sight loss charities on the campaign because: “By uniting together we can reach more people and really amplify the message behind the event – every day 250 begin to lose their sight in the UK. As a team we can raise more money for people living with sight loss and spread more awareness.”

In the UK, everyday 250 people begin to lose their sight. To spread awareness of this, the Take on 250 challenge asks participants to choose any activity individually or as a team and complete it for 250 minutes, 250 laps or 250 hours. 

RNIB suggests people consider activities like baking 250 cupcakes, building a 250cm Lego tower or doing 250 minutes of yoga. 

Lizzi Wagner, senior challenge events manager at RNIB, said: “We’re excited to welcome back Take on 250 for 2022! The last two years have been a rollercoaster for everyone and particularly for blind and partially sighted people. So, let’s begin 2022 with a fresh start.”

Participating charities

The smaller sight loss charities that are participating are:

  • 4Sight Vision Support
  • Accrington & District Blind Society
  • Blind and Sight Impaired Society (BASIS)
  • Bradbury Fields
  • Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind
  • Dorset Blind Association
  • East Cheshire Eye Society
  • Essex Blind Charity
  • Focus Birmingham
  • Forest Sensory Services
  • Forth Valley Sensory Centre
  • Halifax Society for the Blind
  • Kent Association for the Blind
  • Kingston Association for the Blind
  • Living Options Devon
  • My Sight Nottinghamshire
  • SeeScape
  • Sight Concern Bedfordshire
  • Sight Cymru
  • Sight Support Derbyshire
  • Sight Support Hull & East Yorkshire
  • Sight Support West of England
  • Sightline Vision (North West) Limited
  • Southend in Sight
  • Suffolk Sight
  • Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind
  • Support 4 Sight
  • Vision Support
  • Vision Support Barrow & District
  • Vista
  • Wakefield District Sight Aid
  • Walsall Society for the Blind
  • Warwickshire Vision Support 
  • Wirral Society of the Blind and Partially Sighted
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