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We have been chosen by the Herts Lady Golf Captains Society as the charity they will support this year.

 Our chief Executive, Clement Musonda said:

“We are grateful to the Herts Lady Golf Captains Society for selecting Herts Vision Loss as their charity of choice for 2024. Their generous support not only validates our mission but also underscores the importance of community solidarity in addressing the needs of visually impaired individuals. Through their dedication and fundraising efforts, we can continue our vital work supporting and empowering those in Hertfordshire with visual impairment to lead fulfilling lives. Together, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve. Thank you, HLGCS, for your invaluable partnership.”

 It is tradition for HLGCS to raise funds during the year for a charity chosen by the current Captain. This year (2024), Sue Burbidge has chosen to support Herts Vision Loss (HVL).

Sue explains the reason for choosing HVL below:

“I was diagnosed with Keratoconus (a rare, progressive eye disease) in both eyes when I was seventeen but thanks to regular appointments at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the wearing of Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) contact lenses, I still have adequate vision to lead a relatively normal life but when I remove the RGP lenses my vision is extremely poor which means I have a good understanding of visual impairment and the impact it can have on a person’s life – hence my support for HVL. I first became aware of HVL in 2014 when I was Ladies Captain at Mill Green Golf Club in Welwyn Garden City and at that time, having already decided I’d like to support a sight related charity, HVL (or Herts Society for the Blind as it was called then) was an obvious choice and I’m delighted to now have another opportunity to support them.”

Herts Lady Golf Captains Society (HLGCS) was started in 1972 by Ladies’ Captains of 25 golf clubs across the County of Hertfordshire with the intention of mirroring the existing men’s Society of Hertfordshire Golf Captains (SOHGC).

Any current or Past Ladies Captain of a golf club in Hertfordshire is eligible to join HLGCS. They are a friendly bunch of ladies who organise Spring, Summer and Autumn golf meetings for members plus friendly matches against other counties and the men’s society (SOHGC). They also organise a short golfing Away Break and a Bridge Drive each year as well as a lunch after their AGM.

The Society’s website with further information about their events and activities can be found at the following link:

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We look forward to working with them during the year.

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Philip's Epic Fundraiser: Over £1000 Raised for Herts Vision Loss!

Meet Philip – A Special Olympics World Games Medalist and Advocate for the Visually Impaired.

Philip is a passionate swimmer with an impressive track record. Despite facing many obstacles as a man with Down syndrome, he has proven that he is capable of achieving great things. Not only does he live independently, but he also holds two jobs!

Recently, Philip decided to put his swimming skills to good use and participate in the Marathon Swim at the London Olympic Stadium. He swam 1000 metres and raised over £1000 for Herts Vision Loss to support blind and visually impaired individuals. This will help to provide Befriending Services throughout the winter season.

Philip’s dedication and hard work are truly inspiring, and his commitment to helping others is commendable.

Congratulations Philip! A big thank you for raising much needed funds for Herts Vision Loss.

Visit Philip’s page on Just Giving

Herts Vision Loss receive High Sheriff Award

We are incredibly proud to announce that Herts Vision Loss received an award at the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire Awards 2023. The charity’s Chair Alex Hickinbotham and CEO Joanna Carter attended the award ceremony on 9th March at County Hall, Hertford, where they were delighted to be presented with the award and receive a donation to the charity.

This award is testament to the hard work of our team, volunteers and partners whose dedication and commitment allows Herts Vision Loss support and empower over 1,500 blind and visually impaired people across Herts. Everyone at Herts Vision Loss would like to extend their gratitude to the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Sally Burton DL and High Sheriff’s panel for their support and recognition.

Herts Vision Loss Charity Forum Event (30th June 2023)

On Friday 30 June, Herts Vision Loss (HVL) held our first Charity Forum event at Christchurch Baptist Church, Peartree, Welwyn Garden City.

The Forum brought our volunteers and service users together to socialise, participate in group discussions, provide feedback on HVL services and activities, and receive updates from the charity.

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Sight News Summer 2023

Sight News is our charity magazine, containing loads of useful information about what is going on at Herts Vision Loss.  You will find a range of information from equipment for sale, informative articles and a wellbeing section.

It is available for free in print, audio, email and braille formats.

If you have any questions, comments or subscription requests please email or call us on 01707 324680.

In this issue:

  • Welcome to our new CEO Clement Musonda
  • HVL has found its ‘forever home’
  • Boat Trip!
  • Are People with Poor Eyesight Prohibited to Drive? A Helpful Guide
  • News from Hertfordshire Libraries
  • Hubs Mobility Advice Service
  • Goalball sessions in Watford
  • Counselling at HVL

And much more! Read all the latest news