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Colin Cure

What’s in a name?

Quite a bit, I hear you say. I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in our endeavours to find a new name for the charity. As I mentioned before, our present name has served us well over many years and now, after consultation with many members and other interested parties, we are looking to move forward with a new name that emphasises that we are there for all people with a sight impairment. We’ve had lots of great suggestions and offers of help with the re-branding which goes with the process. We’ve also had generous sponsorship from Morgan’s Optometrists in Kidlington for a new video about our services.

Altogether, we’re trying to be as accessible and available to as many people as possible. At the time of writing we’re still considering all of the great suggestions and looking into the processes that we have to undertake to make the change. On a sad note, I have to report that Ellie Pearce, our excellent Volunteer Coordinator and Children, Young People and Families Worker has departed for pastures new. We are most grateful for all Ellie’s hard work for us and wish her every success in her new role.

We are pleased, however, to welcome Laura Finnis, who is taking up the role of Children, Young People and Families Worker. Laura brings with her a wealth of experience of working with younger people and I know that she is keen to get started with a range of exciting activities.

I’d also like to congratulate Judith Wood, our Counsellor and Senior Sight Advisor. Judith has reached the top three in the BBC Radio 4 “All in the Mind” Series Awards. The awards recognise outstanding contribution towards helping people through major emotional difficulties. Well done, Judith. This recognition is much deserved.

As many of you will know, Judith has worked very closely with the Oxford Eye Hospital, including more recently Consultant Ophthalmologist Gurjeet Jutley. Gurjeet has kindly agreed to do a series of talks at O A B about eye conditions. Gurjeet is also kindly raising funds for us by doing the gruelling 3 Peaks Challenge. There are details further on in this newsletter about both these items.

Finally, I’d like to thank all those of you who kindly renewed or took out membership of O A B recently. That is a great help to us. Welcome to the Association. If you have not joined or renewed recently and would like to do so, please give us a call. We’d be delighted to speak with you.

I hope you have a great Summer.

With best wishes, Colin.