2019 was a positive year for MSA Ltd and Beacon Centre for the Blind as together we managed to raise over an incredible £9,200 to help support people affected with sight loss in the West Midlands and South Staffordshire.
As well as raising a fantastic sum of money we were able to increase Goalden Gate Superdraw membership by 2% compared to the start of the year by adding 100 new members throughout the year. Overall Beacon Centre for the Blind has managed to raise over £171,000 through the lottery scheme and we hope that more is yet to come.
Beacon Centre are a fantastic charity who have been around since 1875 and continually help people living with vision impairment by focusing on the ability, not the disability of a person. Beacon represent the local community by running a range of programmes across the Black Country and Staffordshire as well as offering initiatives such as Low Vision Assessments, a Befriending Service, ActivEyes and much more. If you wish to find out more about the Beacon Centre and the good work they do please visit www.BeaconVision.org
The Beacon Centre are making use of having a full calendar of events over the summer and beyond to promote the Goalden Gate Superdraw. Over the years MSA Ltd and Beacon Centre have worked closely together to help improve services to people with sight loss by raising money through the Goalden Gate Superdraw – with over £167,000 secured for the charity so far!
Firstly, awareness for the Beacon Centre was made at a pub quiz event held by Jenni Marson and Garry Stevens (above) who were able to raise over £350 through their hard work. The quiz went very well with everyone having a lot of fun, especially ‘The Scouts’ (pictured below) who were the winning team.
Next up was the Penkridge Classic Car Show on the 30th June which Beacon were invited to as a way of raising awareness of the charity’s work in the Staffordshire area. Overall, the event was a success with some fantastic cars on show and almost £150 in ticket sales sold for the Goalden Gate Superdraw from our Lottery Team.
Beacon will be holding several events over the coming months including the Dudley Classic Car Show on 13th July and the Whistle Foundation Sports Dinner on 19th July as well as attending Hednesfield Carnival and making appearances at both Monmore Green and Molineux Stadium.
Bosses at Beacon showcased the efforts of its 300 plus volunteers with an awards ceremony and tea party today to celebrate Volunteers’ Week.
Beacon thanked Golden Gate Superdraw for sponsoring the awards. The society lottery scheme run by Midland Sporting Association Ltd helps support services, such as inclusive sports, days out for our customers and making sure IT is accessible for all – just £30 provides an hour of IT training to help a person with sight loss live more independently. Beacon have managed to raise an incredible £165,000 through the Goalden Gate Superdraw over the years!
Beacon was keen to highlight the tireless efforts of its invaluable volunteers who support the charity across several fields. The awards recognised a number of categories including Volunteer of the Year, New Volunteer of the Year, Special Recognition Award and Corporate Volunteer Award.
Beacon CEO, Lisa Cowley, said: “Our volunteers are a vital part of the Beacon family. Volunteers dedicate a great deal of time and energy and we wanted to recognise that. Our volunteers are the backbone of Beacon and we can’t thank them enough for their tireless support. The awards also gave us a chance to thank our supporters with some tea and delicious cakes.”
Volunteers’ Week is a national celebration and a chance to say thank you to the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity. The charity is also using the week to showcase what a difference volunteers make and how they help support Beacon.
John Archer, who was awarded the Special Recognition Award, commented: “I have been volunteering with Beacon for over two years. The work I do helps ensure people visiting the local eye infirmary are aware of Beacon and how it can support people living with sight loss. I am very proud of this award and want to dedicate it to everyone who gives up their free time at Beacon and make a difference.”
Lisa added: “Without our volunteers we would not be able to deliver all our vital services which help so many people, but volunteering is more than just giving up your free time. It’s a chance to make a visible difference to your local community and give something back.
“We also want to use this celebration to showcase volunteering and encourage others to sign up to the many opportunities at Beacon. Whether you want to help in our shops, support the admin team or lend a hand in the health and wellbeing centre there is a role for everyone.”
The Goalden Gate Superdraw lottery has been working with Beacon, a sight loss charity based in Wolverhampton, for over a decade now and new Beacon CEO, Lisa Cowley, was keen to praise the scheme.
Lisa said that “The Goalden Gate Superdraw is a big supporter of Beacon and has helped raise over £163,000 to this date. This money has gone a long way and continues to make a difference around the Black Country and Staffordshire. As a sight loss charity, which is vital to the local area, this money is helping support people living with a visual impairment through several initiatives. “
“We highly recommend this lottery as a fun way of raising funds, giving something back to your local community and possibly winning some money. “
“Any organisation looking for an easy and simple way of raising funds will be pleased with the Goalden Gate Superdraw as an effective and straight forward way to boost fundraising. “