Chris Wood raises £1000 and exceeds 100,000 steps in his challenge!

Our very own Chris Wood tackling his 100 mile step challenge on his treadmill

Chris smashed his target of 100,000 steps by walking / running 110,000 steps. That’s over 100 miles raising £1000 for Vision North Somerset.

Chris Wood is registered Blind and wanted to support us by undertaking a 100 mile step challenge at home on his treadmill.

“I am so happy that from my initial idea of trying to keep fit during lockdown, I have been able to raise money for my local sight loss charity.”

Chris Woods

“We cannot thank Chris enough for this amazing ‘feet’! During COVID-19, our local fundraising activities have been decimated. Chris has proved that fundraising locally (very locally in his own home) can raise much needed funds.”

Nina Farr, Chief Executive

If you would like to donate to Chris’s fantastic running feet, send us a cheque or click here to donate online

May 2021 Newsletter

A Big Thank You to National Lottery Players

On Thursday 19th November 2020, together with thousands of other people and organisations, Vision North Somerset posted crossed finger selfies across social media to say a massive collective thank you to the National Lottery players for their colossal contribution to good causes across the UK.

Throughout the day we shared photos of staff and quotes from service users celebrating the life changing work we are able to offer because of National Lottery funding.

Repair Work Started at Neva Road!

Rank Foundation
The Rank Foundation: a pebble in the pond.

Work has started on essential repairs at our Resource Centre in Weston thanks to a donation from the Rank Foundation and the generosity of the local people who use our services.

We still need to raise a further £4,000 – but at least our roof is fixed and we have new radiators so we can provide a warm and dry environment for our visitors. Grateful thanks to all who have donated.

Roof Repair Work
Photo of our damaged roof tiles, which are undergoing repair.

Damp-Proofing the Cellar
Photo of 3 workers damp-proofing the cellar dressed in biohazard protection clothing.

Katherine and Julie’s High-Flying Adventure!


Congratulations to Katherine and Julie, our intrepid volunteers who successfully completed their Wing Walk to raise funds for Vision North Somerset.

Katherine (left), Julie (right), and their pilot (middle) standing in front of the biplane.

They both say they enjoyed the experience, but it did look rather scary! It’s not too late to show your support:

Wing Walk – An Exhilarating Experience!

Two intrepid volunteers, Julie and Katherine, are taking up the ultimate challenge of Wing Walking to raise money for Vision North Somerset. They will be strapped to a biplane and whisked off into the air.

Flying on top of an aeroplane sounds terrifying to most, but Julie and Katherine both say they are looking forward to it!

The event will take place at an airfield near Cirencester on the 14th August. Those of us determined to stay on terra firma can show our support with a donation:

  • Via Local Giving – please enter Wing Walk in the comment box
  • Via cheque to Vision North Somerset
  • Via cash at our Resource Centre, 3 Neva Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1YD

Thank you in anticipation of your support for these brave (or foolhardy!) ladies. Contact us if you have any questions about the event, or if you need help and advice about sight loss.

A Huge Thank You to Caroline

Caroline is the daughter of one of our members and she chose to support Vision North Somerset by running the London Marathon. She completed the run successfully and has raised £1,748.75 in sponsorship!

The photo on the left shows Caroline (left) standing next to her daughter (right) after completing her run. The image on the left shows how she raised £1,460 via online donations and £288.75 via Gift Aid through Local Giving.

A great effort on a really hot day. We really appreciate Caroline’s support. Thank you Caroline!

Marks and Spencer Raise £2,511!

During the year, staff at Marks and Spencer have organised a whole range of fund raising activities to support Vision North Somerset as their charity of the year. They have raised a fantastic £2,511 and we are really grateful for their efforts.

This funding means we can support isolated people with sight loss to join our social clubs and participate in their community.