Transforming lives...Will guide...in hundreds of ways From giving a blind child their first chance to enjoy sport, to providing a new home to a partially sighted older person, there are hundreds of ways you can transform blind and partially sighted people‟s lives with a gift in your Will. Advice > Education > Emotional support > Employment >Holidays > Housing Information > Sports > Clubs > Support >Training > Welfare Rights “Action was very supportive and encouraged me to go one step further to achieve my goal. I‟m now working as a Volunteer and Fundraising Co-ordinator, which I‟m finding really satisfying. Instead of saying „I can‟t do that,‟ I now say „I can!‟” Kelly “After mum passed away, things started to get really difficult at home. That‟s why having my own flat has been so great. My dad and I get on so much better now and my flat is also closer to my work which is a great help.” Dean “Returning to the Lake District after 25 years has been one of the best holidays I‟ve ever had. After losing my sight, I never thought I‟d be able to experience such wonderful places again.” Mrs Neal “I really like coming to Actionnaires. My favourite sports are football and curling. When I grow up I want to be a football player. I‟ve made lots of friends. Actionnaires is more fun than school!” Jake “Action for Blind People has had a huge impact on my life. I‟ve got a long way to go, but I‟m looking forward to a better future.” Sarah You can ensure there’s no end to our support Action for Blind People is very proud to have been working with blind and partially sighted people for over 150 years. In that time we have helped millions of people to transform their lives. In fact, today we help more people with sight loss in more ways than ever before – over 24,000 people each year. Help us continue to be a lifeline for blind and partially sighted people. The simple truth is that the majority of everything we do is funded by our supporters. In order to continue helping blind and partially sighted people in the future, we need people like you to continue giving us your support. How you can help blind and partially sighted people Pledging a gift to Action for Blind People in your Will is the best way you can help ensure we will be here for people with sight loss in the future. Gifts kindly left by supporters in their Wills already play a vital part in our work today. They amount to half of all the funds we receive from our supporters. That enables us to help 24,000 blind and partially sighted people every year. If we are to achieve our aim of helping more people in the future, then we need more people like you to support us with a gift in your Will. A great way to continue your support Leaving a gift in your Will is a great way to help blind and partially sighted people: it doesn‟t cost a penny in your lifetime, it is easy to do, and free from inheritance tax. Most importantly, it will mean that people with sight loss can continue to benefit from your kindness in the future. “My father wanted to help people who have to cope with blindness. He believed the best way he could do that was by including Action for Blind People in his Will.” David Toms, son of Dr Vernon Toms who kindly left a gift to Action for Blind People. Why we need your support more than ever There are two million blind and partially sighted people in the UK and that number is rising by 100 every day. Currently, one in 12 of us become visually impaired by the time we reach 60. That increases to one in six by the time we reach 75. Sadly, we don‟t have the resources to help everyone, but we are determined to be there for as many people as we can. To do that we need supporters like you to be there with us too. Without you, we won‟t be able to offer practical advice to more people diagnosed with sight loss. We won‟t be able to open more Actionnaires sports clubs for visually impaired children. Or help more young people with sight loss find jobs. But with you we can do all this and more. Please help us meet the challenge of helping more people with sight loss with a gift in your Will. It‟s kind bequests to Action for Blind People from people such as Judith Griffin which allow us to continue our work. What to do next It‟s a lot easier than you might expect to help visually impaired people in years to come. With the help of your solicitor, you can easily change your Will to include a gift to Action for Blind People. For more information, you can request a free copy of our Will booklet on the form below. Alternatively, if you already have or intend to support us in this vital way, please use the confidential reply form below to let us know. That way we can thank you properly for your wonderful decision. When you are ready to include a gift to Action for Blind People in your Will, this is the kind of wording you may find useful: I give to Action for Blind People (registered charity number 205913) of 14-16 Verney Road, London SE16 3DZ, a % share of the residue of my estate/the sum of £ (or specific item) to be used for its general purposes, and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or duly authorised officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge. 14-16 Verney Road, London SE16 3DZ Tel: 020 7635 4919 Fax: 0870 606 1842 National Freephone Helpline: 0800 915 4666 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk Help the lifeline continue with a gift in your Will Please let us know of your intentions or find out more about including a gift to Action for Blind People in your Will by completing the confidential reply form below. Thank you. Reply form Name Address Postcode (Please circle the one that applies) I intend to leave a gift in my Will I have left a gift in my Will I would like to receive more information about how to include Action for Blind People in my Will I would like someone to call me and explain more about including Action for Blind People in my Will My telephone number is: Please return this form to: Anna Vincent, Action for Blind People, FREEPOST SE2841, LONDON SE16 3BR See how your gift can transform lives You don‟t have to leave a lot, even the smallest gift can transform lives: £250 can help with the cost of a month‟s venue hire for an Actionnaires sports club for blind or partially sighted young people. £500 can provide special computer software so a partially sighted person can access the internet, job search and write letters. £2000 can provide CCTV equipment to read letters, documents and labels for a visually impaired person. £5000 can fund two Actionnaires Club Co-ordinators to run an Actionnaires Club for a year. £10,000 can fund a Housing Co-ordinator for six months to help people living in unsuitable accommodation. Names used in this leaflet may have been changed to protect identities, and photographs aren‟t necessarily of the individuals featured. Registered Charity No. 205913 Registered Company No. 26688 150 years of Action 1857 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2007 This is our story: From small beginnings as the Surrey Association for the General Welfare for the Blind, through the Depression, two World Wars and countless other challenges, thanks to our supporters, Action for Blind People has grown to become one of the UK‟s leading charities for blind and partially sighted people. 1890s - 38 blind women were fully employed and 13 partially employed at home. Common causes of blindness included smallpox, gunpowder explosion, snow blindness, measles and scarlet fever. 1917 - There were large orders from the Army and Navy. Items produced included soldiers and sailors‟ woollen comforts. Blinded soldiers and sailors were also given jobs and training. 1936 - A day out at the seaside. This was also the year when disaster struck and our basket workshop was badly damaged in a fire. 1956 - HRH Princess Alexandra becomes patron. 1963 - Action for Blind People opened its first hotel for blind and partially sighted people, the Lauriston, in Weston-super-Mare. 1975 - A move to Bermondsey, South London where workers produced baskets for hot air balloons, amongst other items. 1991 - The Charity changed its name from the Surrey Association for the General Welfare for the Blind to Action for Blind People. 2002 - The first multi-sports club for visually impaired children and young adults in the UK (Actionnaires) was launched. 2004 - Regional Action teams are launched, and for the first time blind and partially sighted people have a single place where they can get help with a wide range of issues like housing and employment. 2007 - Action for Blind People celebrates its 150th birthday! Since 1857 nothing has stopped us helping blind and partially sighted people transform their lives. Please help us continue.