Raworths is delighted to enter the second part of its Charity of the Year relationship in 2021 with Vision Support Harrogate District, in what will be the charity’s centenary year.
With the Coronavirus pandemic circulating and two lockdown periods during 2020, many planned fundraising events had to be postponed or cancelled. Despite the difficult circumstances, the team used imaginative ways of raising funds when they could do so safely.
Zoe Robinson, managing partner at Raworths said: “I’m really proud of everyone at Raworths for continuing to do what they could to raise funds during this challenging year. It’s incredibly important that we as a local business and ambassadors in our community do whatever we can to support local charities and their vital work. This year has been incredibly tough for many organisations with countless fundraising opportunities being lost and events cancelled. In contrast, the work of Vision Support in providing help and advice to those experiencing sight loss has been more critical than ever in combating isolation. We hope that during 2021 we will be less restricted and can continue fundraising with renewed vigour!”
Tanya Stimpson, director of Vision Support said: “It’s been a very difficult year for everyone and Vision Support is no exception. We have adapted our services to meet the needs of those in our community who are new to sight loss during the pandemic, as well as continuing to support our visually impaired members, helping them to combat the isolation and loneliness they are feeling due to the challenges of social distancing and during the lockdown periods.
“We are incredibly grateful to Raworths for supporting us at this time when so many of our fundraising avenues have ceased, it has been wonderful to be involved with their fundraising events and it has made a difficult year a great deal better. Although we, and those we support, are expecting another extremely challenging year, Raworths has given us all here at Vision Support much to look forward to, moving optimistically together into our Centenary year.”
The team at Raworths were determined to continue supporting Vision Support throughout 2020 and participated in a number of activities which could be done safely and within Covid rules. These included the Virtual Great North Run in September and a Zoom quiz hosted by Raworths for both staff and Vision Support members to enjoy. The team also contributed goodies and small treats for Christmas parcels which were then distributed to Vision Support’s network and a donation was made to the charity in lieu of Christmas gifts and cards. During 2020 Raworths also announced a new business partnership with Ripon Cathedral and continues to support local Festivals such as Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival and Harrogate Film Festival.
To find out more about Vision Support, please visit their website: www.vshd.org.uk