Oxfordshire Association for the Blind climbs high with Newbury Building Society

Newbury Building Society has awarded Oxfordshire Association for the Blind £200 following a successful application to the Society’s Community Support Scheme. 

The donation went towards a climbing wall at the charity’s recent ‘Have a Go’ sports day, run in collaboration with British Blind Sport, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity, Access Sport, SENSS and GLL. The sports day was hosted for visually impaired adults and children, with up to 40 people of all ages taking part. It took place at the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre in Abingdon on 25 June 2018. 

Colin Cure, former-Director of Oxfordshire Association for the Blind said: “We were absolutely delighted that Newbury Building Society was able to provide £200 towards the cost of hiring a climbing wall for our sports day for sight impaired people. The participants really enjoyed themselves. It is an ideal activity for people with poor vision as it relies on tactile perception as well as balance skills. Thank you very much to Newbury Building Society for its kind support!” 

Rosia Curtis, Fundraising Officer at the charity added: “Schemes such as this are so important to local projects. As a small charity, we are very reliant on support from local businesses and organisations. Newbury Building Society’s Community Support Scheme helps communities to be more connected, and we value this immensely. In light of the recent funding cuts and increased competition for funding, such schemes are more important than ever.”

Emma Simms, Marketing and Communications Manager at Newbury Building Society said: “The communities in which our branch network operates form the heart of the Society. We are committed to giving something back to the communities in which our members and staff live and work, and pride ourselves on being a local institution. Oxfordshire Association for the Blind is a vital resource for adults and children living with visual impairments; therefore it was an easy decision for us to donate to the charity’s sports day during a financially difficult time.”

The Community Support Scheme, which was launched in 2017, provides financial assistance to a wide range of local organisations involved in improving community life within its branch towns. Typical award amounts start from £100 with a cap of £500.  Applications for the Society’s Community Support scheme funding are considered twice a year in May and November, and an application form can be found on the dedicated webpage. Projects that promote and encourage sporting activity and in the arts, support education and development, and benefit the local environment within the Society’s branch towns will be considered. 

Oxfordshire Association for the Blind (1140556) has been helping blind and partially sighted adults and children across Oxfordshire since 1877. The charity helps an estimated 2,800 people every year with its services which are offered to anyone with a visual impairment.

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