Helping Hertfordshire Society for the Blind

Date: Thursday 27 October 2016

WEB2 - Hertfordshire Society for the Blind

Our North Thames business unit has shown our commitment to good causes in the community by raising funds for the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind over the past two years.

A cheque for £35,750 was handed over to the charity on Thursday 13th October, following a donation of £32,000 a year ago.

This year the majority of the money (around £28,000) was raised at a charity golf day at Dyrham Park Country Club in July, attended by members of our North Thames team, as well as staff from local suppliers to our developments.

During the golf day, a number of items were auctioned including a 1966 World Cup programme and a box at the O2 Arena.

The remainder of the money was raised by various events including a pie bake, a chilli challenge and an arm wrestling competition. A dress down day was also held every month, in which our staff paid £2 or more to participate.

Peter Gurr, Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey North Thames says: “We are overwhelmed by the amount we’ve been able to raise for the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind again this year.

“The charity has really captured the imagination of our employees who’ve pulled out all the stops to raise such a phenomenal total and we’d like to thank everyone who has made this possible.”

Hertfordshire Society for the Blind aims, through its various services, to empower and support the people of Hertfordshire who are blind or visually impaired. This is done by reducing loneliness and social isolation through support groups and befriending services as well as by offering counselling and specialist advice.

Joanna Carter, Chief Executive of the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind, says: “We are immensely grateful to Taylor Wimpey for their donation and support. The money they have raised will go towards expanding our vital counselling service for visually impaired people and their friends and family, to help them to come to terms with the devastation of sight loss.

“Funds will also help us continue to deliver other frontline services, including education programmes and outreach support and will enable us to increase our popular befriending service which aims to tackle social isolation.”

The money raised by Taylor Wimpey last year enabled the charity to recruit an additional Outreach Support Worker to meet the growing demand for its services, as well as a dedicated counsellor.