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Coming Home

Colin Cure

“If you go anywhere, even paradise, you will miss your home”. Those wise words of Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Laureate, seem to resonate with me. I had a wonderful nine month sabbatical, but it’s been great to come back to a very warm welcome. I’d like to thank the Trustees for giving me the opportunity, the team for their encouragement and support, and Ana who ably stood in for me while I was away.

I won’t bore you with a long travelog – I spent much of the time catching up with friends and family – but I did do some exhilarating travelling. I read a marvellous biography of Captain Cook and it was fascinating to stand on some of the beaches in Australia where he and his crew landed over 200 years ago. Ironically, while looking out carefully for snakes on our bushwalks I saw none, but then nearly trod on a very poisonous one, some months later, in the Austrian Tyrol! That was the low point in a very enjoyable one month excursion around Europe on the trains.

And thank you to those of you who have welcomed me back. It was nice to see such a good turnout at our AGM in September. There’s a short article about it further on.

I’d like to repeat the thanks that we gave there to our wonderful volunteer workers – over 100 ofyou. Whether it’s helping with administration, home visiting, clubs and groups, fundraising or any of the many other tasks, I’m very grateful to you.

The charity is continuing to move forward to build upon our existing services and develop more activities that people have requested. It’s great, for example, to see that so many of you are keen to embrace new technology and we’re keen to be there to support you with it.

In order to continue our progress and to try to be as accessible as possible, we’ve recognised that we need to update our name. Our name has served us well over many years, but we know that we need to find a new name that emphasises our work with all people who have a sight impairment. We’ll be asking people’s opinions and I’ll update you in the next newsletter.

I’d also like to thank all of you who support us with your kind donations. We have included with this newsletter our Annual Christmas Appeal and, if you feel able to do so again, I’d be most grateful to you.

By the time you read this Christmas will be nearly upon us. I do hope that you have a very enjoyable time.

With best wishes, Colin.