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Focus Birmingham - A Big Thank You

 

Focus Birmingham has been presented with a cheque for £49,000 after taking part in the charity vote organised by ITV Central's The People's Millions.

Focus Birmingham provides a range of services, including day services for people with sight loss and additional disabilities, residential care and community outreach support.

Focus Birmingham's Chief Executive Tom Harrison said: "Thank you to everyone who voted for us in The People's Millions. We are delighted to announce we are the runner's up, winning the regional bonus award and our project funding of £49,000. Your telephone votes have won us this regional award and we really are grateful."

The Focus Birmingham project, which was chosen after viewers watched a 90 second film on November 26, aims to raise the awareness and highlight the challenges facing people with sight loss and offer practical support.

The short film highlighted how difficult tasks from making a cup of tea to going shopping can be when facing sight loss without the right practical support. The funding will allow us to raise awareness around the challenges faced when losing your sight and highlighting that over 50% of sight loss is due to preventable or treatable causes. There will be four new volunteer-led community projects launched for people with sight loss, their family or carer in Birmingham. The initiatives, called ‘can’t see, can cook’, ‘gym buddies’, ‘shop ‘til you drop’ and ‘access the arts’, will be held at a variety of locations across Birmingham.

Thank you to everyone who voted!

Peoples Millions Thank you

Your support will help to change lives of those individuals living with sight loss in Birmingham.

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Events

Focus with Love - Comedy Night

Focus Birmingham are proud to present Focus with Love-a comedy night with a difference at the Glee Club on Thursday February 12th at 2015.

The charity supports blind, visually impaired and disabled people across Birmingham and the wider area. The event will star a great line up of comedians, including Wizzy Janew-one of the hottest new comedians in the West Midlands who is also blind, supporting the event as they will leave the audiences in tears of laughter.

We are linking to a Valentines’ Day theme there will be some fantastic raffle prizes to be won on the night and the audience will leave with their very own ‘his’ and ‘her’ cupcakes!!

Tickets are £14 per person If you would like to book you now please call The Glee Club Box Office on 0871 472 0400 or contact Jasmin Rana on 0121 478 5239 or email jasmin@focusbirmingham.co.uk and she will ensure you are reserved a ticket or tickets.

All the monies raised from this event will go to Focus Birmingham to continue offering vital services in the diagnosis, management and support of people with sight loss and disabilities.

Tom Harrison

Chief Executive Tom Harrison says, ‘Comedy is a great way of bringing people together from all communities and with this event we are not only hoping to raise the profile of our charity but highlight the vital services we provide to communities facing sight loss in Birmingham. The line-up of comedians will cater to all and we are very excited that Wizzy Janew will be supporting the event.’

The comedy event has been very generously sponsored and supported by Beacon 4 Print.

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Chris Sheriff

Chris Sheriff is running for Focus Birmingham in the London Marathon 2015

Chris is in training for the London Marathon in April 2015 to run for Focus Birmingham.

Chris is grasping the opportunity to raise some much needed money for Focus Birmingham a leading charity for people facing sight loss in his hometown.

This will be the longest distance he has ever run, having only previously done half marathons. Any donations he receives will provide a much needed boost to motivate him on his long training runs during the winter months.

He only hope that the current predictions about the coldest winter in 100 years are wrong!

Please support Chris in his challenge by visiting his page and donating today by clicking here.

If you would like to get involved with Focus Birmingham please contact Jasmin Rana at jasmin@focusbirmingham.org.uk or give her a call 0121 4785239.