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Losing your sight is sadly something that can affect anyone of us at any time. There are currently over 2 million people living with sight loss in the UK.

A further 250 people are diagnosed each day and these numbers are expected to double by 2030; that’s one person every three minutes. 

Collectively we need to do more to remove the barriers stopping local visual and/or hearing-impaired people from achieving whatever they want to do and aspiring to be whoever they want to be. Your company can help us do that by joining The SRSB/RSS 1860 Club today.

About SRSB and RSS

SRSB was founded in 1860 and for over 160 years has been at the forefront of sight loss services locally. We currently support over 7,000 people who are visually impaired and/or hearing impaired in the region (over 4,500 in Sheffield and over 2,500 in Rotherham).

The SRSB/RSS 1860 Club

To join the club we are asking companies to provide a small annual subscription of £100 (or more) to support our work. 

Research carried out for a history book produced as part of our delayed 160th anniversary celebrations has revealed that for many years a lot of our operational income was from similar annual subscriptions. Up to 350 companies and organisations contributed at any one time. 

The Benefits

We would like to build this support again and are committed to strong, mutually beneficial relationships with local businesses.

How much you want to get involved is entirely up to you. We can create a bespoke support package tailored to your needs. 

Here are just some of the benefits from joining: 

• Brand association with a respected local charity

• Regular updates on our work and how your support makes a difference

• Rewarding employee fundraising and/or volunteering opportunities

• Priority invites to networking events and centre tours, including client interaction

• Opportunities for event or service sponsorship

• Access to visual impairment awareness training (if appropriate) 

We’re delighted to have a number of brilliant corporate partners already supporting our work and their generosity is a vital resource for us.

Thompson & Richardson: “It has been our privilege to work so closely with the dedicated and deeply caring team at SRSB/RSS for so many years. Thank you for your support, and thank you for all the good work you do.” 

Gripple Ltd: “We love the happy family atmosphere at SRSB’s centre of activity and their clients are truly inspirational to all our staff here at Gripple. It’s a win-win situation all round!” 

Universal Office Products: “Working with SRSB/RSS is truly rewarding. Having seen first-hand the impact that they are having on people’s lives, we are delighted to be associated with such a worthy local charity”. 

For further information or to get involved please call Steve on 0114 272 2757 or email

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