Initiative of a Wilberforce Trust staff member has resulted in an important boost to fundraising to support this charity’s work supporting people with sight loss and multiple disabilities.

Donna BurnDonna Burn, Team Leader 2 in one of the Wilberforce York houses, read on a friend’s Facebook page that her husband had just been appointed manager of a new Sainsbury’s store in York and that he was looking for suggestions of a charity to support. Donna lost no time in getting her friend to introduce her to the new manager, Dan Lindsay.

Donna quickly met up  with Dan and explained that, as York’s oldest charity, Wilberforce continued to support York people with sight loss, as it has for the past 160 years. Although Donna has an especially good knowledge of the charity’s supported housing, being on the staff at one of the York houses, she was able to fill Dan in with the wide range of services provided to the local community by the Wilberforce Rehabilitation Services, from the Low Vision Clinic and work of Rehabilitation Officers to specialist Visual Awareness Training for carers and other people who support people with sight loss and additional disabilities, including learning disabilities. She also told him of the charity’s unique Living&Learning Zone in Huntington which provides courses and social activities, from art and craft sessions to cookery, music nights and a monthly drop-in ‘VI (Visual Impairment) Cafe’.

Bag pack raised £1,000

Staff of the new Micklegate Sainsbury’s leapt into action immediately with a bag pack one weekend at the Sainsbury Monks Cross store, raising no less than £1,000.

A cheque for Wilberforce for this amount will be presented to Donna and one of the tenants from the house where she works when they represent Wilberforce at a ‘Grand opening’ of the new store in December. What is more, the store has now chosen the Wilberforce Trust as its ‘Charity of the year’.

Staff from the new Sainsbury's Micklegate store at their bag pack at the Monks Cross store

Staff from the new Sainsbury’s Micklegate store at their bag pack at the Monks Cross store

Like many charities, in the current financial climate the Wilberforce Trust has found it even more essential to raise money to support its work. Initiatives like Donna’s, well outside of her job specification, are particularly appreciated says Chief Executive Philippa Crowther, who intends to reward Donna with a small contribution to her Christmas shopping!