What a year!

HRH The Countess of Wessex and Vision Foundation Centenary Appeal Manager, Monica Smith
HRH The Countess of Wessex and Vision Foundation Centenary Appeal Manager, Monica Smith

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, 2021 was a special year for the Vision Foundation as we celebrated our 100th birthday. Not many charities reach 100 years of service and we are thrilled to be counted among those that have. Although Covid-19 tried to hamper our plans, we have had an action-packed year of celebrating this incredible achievement including:

• A virtual event with acting legends, Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry and Hayley Mills, celebrating the life of the great actor Sir John
Mills who was a lifetime President of the Vision Foundation.

• A reception with HRH The Countess of Wessex, our Royal Patron, at her home Bagshot Park. We unveiled a bronze sculpture of her likeness, that had been originally sculpted in front of a live virtual audience by renowned sculpture, Frances Segelman.

• A tandem bike ride with Royal Patron, HRH The Countess of Wessex, to launch our newest report – See My Skills. Find out more about
this later.

• A stellar team in the 2021 London Marathon, including six visually impaired runners and their guides.

Through our Centenary Appeal we have raised a staggering £500,000 this year, thanks to our incredible supporters. The Centenary Appeal focused on breaking the barriers to employment for blind and partially sighted people, and with your help we have fully funded seven employment projects so far.

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