17 Oxfordshire businesses join in supporting blind and visually impaired adults and children in the region this Christmas

The Oxfordshire Association for the Blind (OAB) was supported by local businesses to raise funds for local blind and visually impaired people by donating prizes for their New Years raffle.

After a difficult year navigating Covid, the Oxfordshire Association for the Blind (OAB) has adapted its services, so that they can continue to support blind and visually impaired adults and children in their resource center, in the community and in residence.

It’s no surprise that fundraising took a hit after the effects of last year, but in response to this, the OAB launched its New Year’s raffle to raise vital funds to support the association. charity.

Local businesses have generously donated tickets, memberships and even a £ 1,000 grand prize donated by OXSIGHT.

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Mark Upton, CEO of OAB, said: “We have been wonderfully supported by the local community with a generous offer to support our OAB New Years raffle.

“We have worked closely with OXSIGHT over the years because their brilliant products can make a huge difference to the people we support, and we were thrilled when they announced that they would be sponsoring the 1,000 grand prize. £!

“We have had so many prizes donated by local businesses, some that we have worked with and support us with regularly, and others that have offered the kindness of their hearts. We cannot say thank you enough! “

The OAB New Year’s raffle will take place on January 14. You can participate in the raffle through the following web link: www.oxeyes.org.uk/raffle

The draw ends on January 10 and only those over 18 can participate.

Molly Davies, OAB Communications Manager, said: “We have been blown away by the support and generosity of the local business community.

“We received incredible £ 1,000 from OXSIGHT, tickets to: Blenheim Palace, Science Oxford, Oxford Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Modern Art Oxford, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Upton House, Oxford Playhouse, Gravitee Golf, Waterperry Gardens, North Wall , Birdland, Cogges Farm, Nuffield House, plus a tour of Oxford Town Hall, tea and cake for two at the Mill Arts Center in Banbury and a voucher for Boswells coffee in Didcot.

“We want to say a big thank you to all the companies who supported the raffle and who so generously donated such fabulous prizes! We hope that they will provide enough incentive for the local community to buy tickets and raise funds to help support the blind and visually impaired. adults and children in Oxfordshire.

There are over 2 million people in the UK living with a sight loss, around 22,000 of them living in Oxfordshire.

The Oxfordshire Association of the Blind helps blind and visually impaired adults and children across Oxfordshire cope with sight loss. They are committed to promoting independence and opportunities for visually impaired people in the community by offering information, advice and support, not only to the people they support, but also their families and caregivers.