‘Up North’ Events in August…..

Fundraising lunch in Chesterfield

B&W themed lunch room‘O what a lovely afternoon it’s been!’  said Jean, a lady who regularly attends our social groups and who enjoyed our Black & White themed fundraising lunch on 11 August.

With over 40 people with a visual impairment joining the lunch at the Parish Spire Tea Rooms in Chesterfield, it made for a happy and lively afternoon. Everyone dressed up in black and white to keep with the theme and a prize for best dressed wasBest dressed winner & second also awarded – this was chosen by those attending the lunch, and the winner was……….Thurston, with Pat as a close second (pictured on the right with Maureen).

raffle winner3 raffle draws were taken, with lots of prize winners and the afternoon raised a whopping £180.55 which will go to Sight Support Derbyshire.

Andy gave us some entertainment by singing a range of tunes, which got toes tapping and shoulders swaying! He also ran a themed song quiz throughout the breaks – Many comments were made on his singing and his lovely voice. Many thanks to Andy for supporting the lunch.

EvaHuge thanks also go to Maureen and the North Derbyshire staff for arranging and organising a wonderful afternoon!

Until next time……

Diane Naylor – North East Derbyshire Development Worker


WW1 Heritage Project

1914 image crop

As many of you are aware over the last 8 months we have been working along with Tony Daw from our Derby office on a project to represent both the First World War and the role of Sight Support Derbyshire in those early days when it was first set up 101 years ago.

In recent weeks members have enjoyed trips, enactments and have also contributed to much of the work that has now been magically transformed in to a stunning tactile wall hanging with the assistance of Jenny and Maureen from Spiral Arts.

Members who had worked on the project were invited to the Post Mill Centre in South unveiling of bannerNormanton the 6th August where they enjoyed a free lunch and were able to witness the great unveiling of the work of art.

The final artwork was made out of a material which represented that of a www1 soldier’s uniform, appliqué squares were made by our visually impaired members to represent postcards sent to loved ones during this time, and words of comfort and what sight support meant to the members were then sewn on to bandages and placed in the pockets.

Celebration event WW1 bannerI must say a huge thanks to everyone who has helped to make the project a real success and to the Spiral Arts ladies Maureen and Jenny for putting all of the ideas together creating a wonderful tactile display.

The end project display banner looks and feels amazing and will be available for viewings around the county – Dates and venues for this are to be confirmed …. Watch this space for more information.

Karen Robinson – North Derbyshire Services Manager

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1 Response to ‘Up North’ Events in August…..

  1. Brilliant! Can’t wait to see it!

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