Fundraising initiative launched to support sight loss charity

A Black Country charity has launched a new fundraising drive to help boost donations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Becky Green from the Beacon Centre and Jaypee the guide dog
Becky Green from the Beacon Centre and Jaypee the guide dog

Sight loss charity the Beacon Centre is encouraging people to join in with its Fiver Fortnight campaign.

Families can get involved with a number of different activities – with different prizes on offer. All of them are aimed at encouraging people to donate £5 to charity.

Bosses at the Beacon say if everyone in the local community donated £5, it would raise £1.3 million – enough to keep the charity running for another year.

Activities include a virtual balloon race where entrants can pick and personalise their balloon and track its progress. The owner of the balloon to travel the furthest will win a goody box. Balloons cost £5 each. Visit www.balloonrace.com/beacon to register.

While people can enter their furry friends into Beacon's Pet of the Year. Entrants need to send a photograph and 500 words on why their pet should win. For more information, visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/beaconpetoftheyear.

Becky Green, from the Beacon Centre, calls on people to help out by getting involved in the charity’s Fiver Fortnight campaign

Sophie Higgins, Beacon Centre supporter engagement manager, said: "We have designed four different ways you can back Beacon by donating £5 and there’s something for everyone. Supporting Beacon has never been so easy – or so much fun.

“By backing Beacon with £5 you really could help us support those living with sight loss when they need us the most.

“We are so grateful for people’s incredible support over the past few months and we really hope they can get behind us once again for Fiver Fortnight.”

People can also support Beacon quickly by donating £5 by texting SAVEBEACON to 70085.

And as the team are unable to get out and about with collection boxes, people can also donate by visiting www.justgiving.com/campaign/beaconvirtualcollectionbox.

The fundraising initiative runs until Monday.

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