Reading Association for the Blind


Supporting Sight Impaired people of Reading since 1883

We are a charitable association offering services to the Blind and visually impaired in Reading Berkshire UK.

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A group from Young at Heart enjoying lunch out at the Goring and Streatley Golf Club in October 2014
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RAB sight impaired person with his guide walking through woods May 2018

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Donate/Help us!

RAB relies heavily on donations and bequests to sustain our service as we receive no financial support from RNIB and only a small annual grant from Reading Borough Council. You can make a contribution which will allow us to continue our vital work in a number of ways.

Make a donation

A simple donation

You can make a simple one off donation by clicking on the PayPal button below.

Regular donations

A regular donation from you will help us to plan for our future, and setting up a monthly or annual donation to RAB couldn’t be easier. also if you are able to give us gift aid we will receive an extra 25p in every pound! Please just click on the link for the Gift Aid form  complete the form, and then post the completed form to us with a donation or your standing order details.

Remember us in your will

This is a gift for future generations. Through your legacy we will be able to make a difference to visually impaired persons throughout Reading. You can also download our legacy information guide
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For more information and other ways you may be able to help us raise fund please contact our Community Fundraiser Marion Haynes

Marion Haynes Community Fundraiser

Marion HaynesMy name is Marion Haynes, and I am delighted to be the Community Fundraiser for Reading Association for the Blind. I grew up in Reading and live a short walk from the Walford Hall Day Centre in Carey Street and I am pleased to be able to promote the Association’s services for sight impaired people in Reading in the local community.

My career has involved me in working for the local authority social services department, in residential care and nursing homes, in a hospice for specialist palliative care, and now I am excited to raise funds to help continue and expand the services which are provided through the Day Centre and by its Visiting Officers.

We have already had some very good press to celebrate 25 years of rambling this year, and have parties this year to celebrate the Association being named Reading Association for the Blind for the past 90 years, along with Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday this year.

Lord Kitchener said “Your Country Needs You”. I would like to enlist your support to help expand our services! There are many ways to help us raise funds and this can be as small or large as you want. Everything donated goes towards keeping the services provided to our members going. Ideas include hosting an event, tea party, dress down day at work, raffles and quizzes, having a cake or produce sale. If you have a personal challenge that you want to achieve, then why not get this sponsored and donate to your chosen charity or charities. Businesses may want to plan a corporate day helping the re-decoration of the hall, or holding an event on our behalf. Schools may wish to plan and hold an event as part of their studies. As you can see there are lots of exciting things that can be done to put the fun into fundraising!

To talk further about any of these ideas and ways you can support Reading Association for the Blind please contact me on 0118 957 2960 or Marion Haynes



Reading Association for the Blind (RAB)
Walford Hall
Carey Street
Reading
RG1 7JS

Phone: 0118 957 2960

The manager at RAB

This website was constructed by one of our blind members Bob Bristow

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