In 1985 Les Morris, Chair of what was then Bucks Association for the Blind decided it was time that the charity had a dedicated Centre where it could offer cooking classes, demonstrate equipment and much more, to its visually impaired members. He thereby launched an appeal to raise money for the Centre and with the support of local people, members and volunteers of the charity this dream was achieved in 1988 when a new Centre based in Meadowcroft was opened. Since then the Centre has continued to act as the office for staff; a place to view and try out equipment; run courses for members and generally support people with sight loss in Bucks.
On Monday 21st May BucksVision celebrated this fantastic achievement with a small celebration to mark the Centre’s 30th Birthday. BucksVision was delighted that the Mayor of Aylesbury, Cllr Mark Willis, as well as members, volunteers and staff past and present came along to commemorate the occasion. There was a chance for everyone to catch up with people that they hadn’t seen for a number of years and also to hear more about the history of the appeal. We honoured members, Ken Parker and Joan Woodward who raised money by jumping out of a plane and walking the 95 miles of West Highland Way, respectively. And we honoured BucksVision’s North West Division which raised a tremendous amount of money for the Centre through concerts and various fundraising events.
Finally, they celebrated by cutting a birthday cake which everyone enjoyed before Steve Naylor, Chief Executive, and the Mayor officially opened our newly refurbished Resource Room, which Aylesbury Town Council had generously granted £1,000 towards. We were also grateful to receive funds from the Woodroffe Benton Foundation and Percy Bilton Charity. 'Our newly refurbished resource room means we can continue to support our members by being able to show them equipment and technology that can assist them in their day to day lives. We are grateful to everybody who was involved in the appeal and absolutely delighted that we could celebrate the 30th birthday of the Centre with them today.' said Steve Naylor, Chief Executive.