The reality of running a small local charity is that most years our total income is around 50% of what it actually costs to keep operating. Some years, we are fortunate enough to receive a large gift or legacy payment, and this money sees us through the lean years, when our income does not meet our running costs. We were very lucky to receive such a gift in 2017, but it had been 4 years since our last such payment. As things currently stand, we have enough money to keep operating until the end of 2021.
Like any organisation, we have rent and bills to pay, office equipment and stationery to buy, together with staff costs and project running costs, whether that's room hire for coffee mornings, transport for outings, printing our newsletter, or petrol for travelling to and from home visits.
Without donations and legacy payments, we simply wouldn’t be here, so we are hugely thankful to all of our supporters whose kind gifts help us to provide direct support to so many local people living with sight loss. We have been serving our community for 150 years and we would very much like to be here for the next 150. The need for our services is growing all the time.
If you are a UK taxpayer, remember to complete the Gift Aid declaration which enables us to reclaim tax on your donation meaning your gift is worth 28% more.
Donations can be made by cash, cheque or postal order. Please make cheques and postal orders payable to Wakefield District Sight Aid or WDSA. We do not advise cash donations to be sent by post.
Supporting our work through a regular donation is massively helpful for us, because it helps us to have some clarity over what funding we might expect in a typical year. No amount is too small, simply ring the office and ask for a Standing Order Mandate form.
Our blue boxes are perfect for collecting all that loose change at home, in shops or any local business. Our volunteers will deliver the box for you, collect it and count it in the office, under the supervision of a member of staff. An official receipt is always issued detailing the amount collected and every box has a tamper proof seal.
Have you thought of leaving a gift in your Will?
Living with sight loss can be frightening, challenging, frustrating, and lonely. We have been supporting local visually impaired people since 1869. We are independent of any national charity and receive no funding from any national partners. We aim to improve and enrich the quality of life for local visually impaired people, and to work with other local organisations to make sure that all the opportunities our community has to offer are accessible to those with sight loss. Every day 250 people begin to lose their sight in the UK.
If you wish to leave a charitable gift to us or indeed any other charity when you pass away, the only way to ensure your wishes are met is to make a Will. You don’t need to be wealthy to make a Will and all gifts will be put to excellent use in our local community.
You may wish to leave a gift for a specific purpose, and we are very happy to discuss your wishes with you before you formalise your Will. Please do get in touch and be assured that your wishes will be discussed in the strictest confidence.
In memoriam collections and donations
Some of our former members and their loved ones choose to remember us by inviting donations in lieu of flowers or by way of a plate collection at funerals. The thoughtfulness of past service users and their loved ones at such a sad time in remembering the support we have given is hugely appreciated.
We are always keen to hear from anyone who has experience of fundraising within a charity environment and who has some time to spare to help us with fundraising activities, looking for sources of grant funding and helping us write funding applications. We would also welcome applications from anyone with this specialist skill set who is interested in becoming a member of our Board of Trustees.
Sponsorship and corporate partnerships
There are opportunities for individuals and local businesses to support our day-to-day work by contributing to some of our running costs (e.g. rent, marketing materials, production of the newsletter, office equipment and stationery).
We are always happy to hear from local businesses who are interested in supplying in-kind support or who might be looking for volunteering opportunities for staff.
We thank all our sponsors and partners publicly (if they are happy for us to do so) via our website, social media channels, and in our quarterly newsletter.