Annual Report and Financial Statements: April 2020 – March 2021
What a year!
We had planned for Centenary celebrations, an income uplift in line with the previous year’s phenomenal growth, a rebranded and profitable charity shop presence on the high street, an array of project visits for our supporters, and a calendar full of fundraising marathons, swims and galas.
The majority of our projects supporting blind and partially sighted people were due to be face-to-face, the majority of our income dependent on “in person” activity. But in March 2020, on the eve of this exciting new year, COVID-19 arrived.
So we evolved. We moved to homeworking, temporarily closed our charity shops, launched a calendar of virtual events, unveiled digital campaigns, redoubled our trust and corporate fundraising, and crucially supported our partner charities to adapt their projects and access emergency funding.
Many moved online, others became a true lifeline for their clients – providing food, medical supplies, and vital moments of socially distanced human contact. Throughout, we worked to champion the rights and needs of blind and partially sighted people, so that they were not left even further behind or excluded as society adapted at pace.
As we look back on a truly unique year, we are proud of what we were able to achieve, and hopeful for a brighter future for those we serve. Society has shown us that it can adopt new working norms overnight and find new appreciation of the essential part we all play in our communities. So surely we are a step closer to a world that celebrates, empowers and includes people with sight loss.
A Year of Transformation: Annual Review 2020
Our Annual Review 2020 outlines the journey we have started, our achievements, ambitions and the stories of hope and inspiration that underpin the work we do.
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