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 June 2016

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KERRY GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND FOR READING ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND

Poto of Kerry running the Half Marathon Local woman, Kerry Haynes, has smashed her fundraising target and has already raised £950 after completing the Vitality Reading Half Marathon on Sunday, 19 March in 2 hours, 17 minutes. Kerry wanted to raise funds to help keep services running at the Day Centre, in Walford Hall, Carey Street, Reading, and she was supported by family, friends, and service users to exceed her fundraising target. Kerry said “I am so grateful for all those who have supported me to raise this incredible amount for RAB. I ran a good half marathon and was extremely pleased with my time and don’t ache too much! I look forward to sharing my success with service users who I am sure will be grateful for everyone’s support.”

Kerry’s Mum, Marion Haynes, who is the Community Fundraiser at Reading Association for the Blind, said “I am so proud of Kerry for her personal achievement, and am delighted that she has chosen such a worthy charity to support in her fundraising and volunteering. Thank you to every one of our supporters who lined the route to cheer Kerry to the finishing line!”

For more ways to support sight impaired people who live in Reading, and Reading Association for the Blind, then please contact Marion on 0118 957 2960, or funder1@raftb.org.

Making a difference to Sensory Garden!

Lionel Voke from Berkshire Masonic Charity and Eric Moyse from the Rotary Club of Reading, joined supporters and service users to launch the opening of Reading Association for the Blind’s newly improved sensory garden on Friday, 23 September 2016. The Day Centre at Walford Hall, Carey Street, Reading, provides services to sight impaired people in Reading. Members enjoy taking part in arts and craft activities, going on outings, joining the rambling group, gardening and socialising together.

Marion Haynes, Community Fundraiser, said that the provision of a garden awning, raised flower beds, new garden furniture has made the garden enjoyable and accessible for members who are sight impaired, and who have physical disabilities. Bright sunlight is sometimes difficult for people who can see to cope with and sight impaired people suffer even more.


Enjoying the RAB Sensory garden refurbishment – left to right: Cynthia Beard, Lionel Voke - Berkshire Masonic Centre, Eric Moyse - Rotary Club of Reading, Marion Haynes – Community Fundraiser, Ricky Josey – Grants and Trusts Fundraiser. Lower left to right: Virginia Weeks, Gladys Mace, Wendy Gibson, Barbara and Alf Turner.

Gladys Mace, from Southcote and Virginia Weeks from Reading, both agreed that the awning gives shelter and shade from the sunlight. They said it has really made a difference for friends to meet in the garden for drinks and lunch. The raised flower beds allow members to plant, grow and water plants whilst sitting in chairs or wheelchairs.

William Kennedy, Treasurer of Reading Association for the Blind said that the charity was grateful to all the supporters who had donated funds to enable the garden improvement scheme to be completed this year, and it was lovely to see so many people enjoying being together in the garden.

Community Christmas Fair


A Christmas Fair held at our Day Centre, Walford Hall, Carey Street, Reading on Tuesday, 6 December 2016 attracted supporters from all over Reading and the local community. The Fair raised over £1,000 to help continue providing services to sight impaired people of Reading and service users, staff, volunteers, friends and families enjoyed buying cakes, dog treats, crafts, woodwork items, beauty products and chocolates.

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  Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Ayub, Anne Price, Maria Page, Community Champion, Tesco Reading West, Portman Road, Dee Teeka, Community Champion, Tesco Napier Road Store and Marion Haynes, Community Fundraiser

Anne Price, who is a member of Reading Association for the Blind’s rambling group, said how lovely it was to come along and buy items which had been donated and which had been made in the Day Centre, and to meet with Maria Page and Dee Teeka, who are the Community Champions for the Tesco Reading West and Napier Road Stores. Ken Tudgay, who lives in Tilehurst, said he was delighted to win name the teddy and he thoroughly enjoyed seeing people from Tilehurst and Caversham supporting the event.

The Right Worshipful Mayor of Reading, Councillor Mohammed Ayub toured the stalls, meeting everyone, and kindly donated his raffle prize back to the Day Centre for their enjoyment over the festive season.

Marion Haynes, Community Fundraiser said It was lovely to see so many people from the Reading area visit the Day Centre and support our event and fundraising plus Our sight impaired members were thrilled to have such community support and they gave a special thanks to our Tesco Community Champions. People also came from Strathy Close Day Centre in Tilehurst plus she was grateful to everyone who had promoted the event for the Association.

Santa Fun Run for Sight Impaired of Reading


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  Team RAB including Bob Bristow, Chairman, Bill Kennedy, Treasurer and Marion Haynes Community Fundraiser

Service Users, staff, volunteers, friends and families from Reading Association for the Blind had an exciting early morning run and walk in the Roc Search Reading Charity Santa Run on 4 December 2016. 35 people joined Team RAB at 9 a.m. to run and walk the 5k route through Reading town centre and along the River Kennet ending up in the historic Forbury Gardens. Lisa Hendy, who is a member of Reading Association for the Blind’s rambling group, said it was lovely to join with others runners and her family to complete the route, whilst her guide dog took a welcome break to wait for her return! Bob Bristow, Chairman, said it was lovely to have a complete team of members, staff, trustees, volunteers and family and friends taking part and enjoying the marvellous sunshine on the walk. He confirmed that Team RAB runners completed the route in 30 minutes and all the rest of the team were through in the hour! Marion Haynes, Community Fundraiser said It was lovely to see everyone joining together with others in a community event and to see the enjoyment had by all. How great it was to be involved in such an inclusive an event as Roc Search Reading Charity Santa Run, which was well organised, well marshalled and well attended. Our sight impaired members were thrilled to be part of this wonderful event. The Association provides services through the Day Centre and by its visiting officers to sight impaired people in the Reading community. Local fundraising is a large part of helping to keep services maintained and added to, and if any community group or individual wishes to help in any way then please contact her on 0118 957 2960 or funder1@raftb.org

Notice of Reading Association for the Blind AGM 2016

The sixteenth Annual General Meeting of the Charity was held at Walford Hall, Carey Street, Reading on Tuesday, 22nd November at 2.30 pm. The MINUTES OF THE previous ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2015 can be downloaded as a PDF document here: AGM minutes 2015 or a word version here: AGM minutes 2015
The 2015-16 annual accounts can be down loaded as a PDF document here annual accounts 2015-16

Celebration Cake at Caversham Court

Thank you cake made by Suzanne Weston – Craft TutorA celebration Pimm’s and Afternoon Tea was arranged by Reading Association for the Blind to thank its volunteers and trustees for all their support and hard work over the past year. Over 40 volunteers, trustees and staff enjoyed the afternoon spent in the beautiful gardens of Caversham Court by the River Thames on Friday 2 September 2016. Bunting and balloons decorated the gazebo which sheltered a superb array of savoury food, Eton mess and a celebration cake! Suzanne Weston, Craft Tutor, kindly made the ‘thank you’ cake and Wendy Whitehead, Visiting Officer, arranged the flower displays in the garden troughs which had been made by service users who attend Walford Hall Day Centre, in Carey Street, Reading.

Chimene Fitzgibbon, William Kennedy, Suzanne Weston, Brian Wigham and Robert O’Neill, about to cut the cake made by SuzanneBob Bristow, Chairman, said it was lovely to be able to thank the trustees and volunteers for all their help over the past year in providing services to sight impaired people in Reading.

A raffle was held for all to enjoy and raise funds for the Association, and Maria Page, Community Champion at Tesco Reading West, in Portman Road, had kindly arranged for the raffle prizes to be donated. Marion Haynes, Community Fundraiser said It was lovely to have support from Caversham Court and Tesco Reading West to make the party such a success. The Association provides services through the Day Centre and by its visiting officers to sight impaired people in the Reading community. Local fundraising is a large part of helping to keep services maintained and added to, and if any community group or individual wishes to help in any way then please contact her on 0118 957 2960 or funder1@raftb.org

Double Celebrations for 90 years!

Two Royal tea parties were held at Walford Hall, Carey Street, Reading, on Friday, 3 June and Tuesday, 7 June to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday along with 90 years of Reading Association for the Blind.

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Maureen Tegg, Club Member, Marion Haynes, Community Fundraiser, Dee Teeka, Community Champion

Over 50 service users, staff and volunteers enjoyed the festivities each day, and dressed in red, white and blue. Flags, bunting, and flower arrangements had all been made in the day centre in the weeks before, and everyone entered into the celebrations in party mood. Maureen Tegg, who lives in Wensley Road, Coley, Reading, is pictured wearing her Union Jack top pushing the cake trolley with Marion Haynes, Community Fundraiser for Reading Association for the Blind and Dee Teeka, Community Champion for Tesco Reading Extra.

Maureen said coming to the partially sighted club is a fantastic way of meeting others like myself with sight impairment, and the parties held for the Queen’s Birthday were brilliant. It was nice to see what we have made being used by us all.

Dee Teeka, volunteered her day going out on the Association’s mini bus to collect people from their homes to bring them into the Day Centre for the parties, and then helped serve the Coronation chicken sandwiches and other savoury delights, along with cakes kindly donated by Tesco and Warburtons.

Marion Haynes, said It was wonderful for staff to arrange the parties which over 100 service users and volunteers enjoyed, and they were a double celebration.

Reading Association for the Blind Rambling Group turns 25 on June 6 2016


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RAB Past and present ramblers out side the Red Lion PH at Peppard Common

Reading Association for the Blind Rambling Group celebrated its anniversary on June 6, 25 years after Pat Davis and her sight impaired friend Wendy Clayton christened the club. Ms Clayton decided to set up the group because her eyesight stops her from driving, which in turn restricts her ability to get out to typical walking groups in the countryside.
You have to meet out in the country which is no good because you have to have a car, said Ms Clayton. So we set up our own group and now we meet once a fortnight and walk five or six miles. It is so nice to go out in the countryside and to meet with everyone. We have got some really wonderful volunteers.
Over the course of its quarter of a century the group have wandered further afield than their usual paths in West Berkshire and North Hampshire to the Seven Sisters, Devon and Wells.

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Wandering through the blue bells
Marion Haynes Community Fundraiser

at Reading Association for the Blind, said: “The visually impaired ramblers really enjoy being in the open air, getting exercise, making new friends, and recently ramblers were delighted at the fragrance of bluebells in the woods of the Chiltern Hills.
The exercise from the walks helps to keep our members fit. One carried on walking until he was 94 and another to 90. Guide dogs also enjoy the walks as for them it is playtime as volunteers escort ramblers which allows the dogs to run free.

Of course, the main talking point for the group is when things go wrong. We never heard the end of it when we lead the group across a field that was in the process of having manure spread over it. So far as the walk leader and helpers are concerned, walking with visually impaired people brings a different perspective as to how one thinks about rights of way and in particular stiles. However, the most rewarding element of this activity is the appreciation shown by members of the group due to the fact that you are facilitating their access to the countryside and enabling them to enjoy the fresh air.

Sharma joins launch of new minibus for Reading Association for the Blind

Alok and Mayor Jenny Rynn at launch of RAB minibus with Allan Futter & RAB members & supporters On Tuesday 18th September 2012 Reading West MP Alok Sharma joined Reading Association for the Blind (RAB) for its Annual Open Day. On this occasion the Open Day included the launch of a new minibus by the Mayor of Reading, Councillor Jenny Rynn. RAB has been fundraising for some two years and has recently raised sufficient funds to purchase two new minibuses to help transport the Association’s visually impaired members to various clubs, which include a Handicrafts Club and Ramble Group, which offer activities and outings for members.

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The Mayor of Reading, Councillor Jenny Rynn, said: I was delighted to be invited to launch the new minibus for Reading Association for the Blind. I know the minibus will be an important tool in helping the Association carry out the brilliant work it does in Reading and I wish the volunteers continuing success in their work.

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