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Our Charity Partners

SRSB has worked as Charity Partner with several organisations in Sheffield. Our supporters have helped us to raise funds and awareness for our charity in a variety of ways. Here are some of our current and previous supporters:

Cripple  logo

We were thrilled to learn that we have been chosen as Gripple Ltd Charity of the Year for 2017. We have had a great relationship with the company over the last six years and they have supported us by working on lots of different projects.

Gripple Ltd is an innovative market-leader in wire joiners & tensioners, & wire rope suspension systems for Building Services, Seismic Bracing, Agriculture & Civil Construction.

Their ethos of giving something back to the community and doing so on a regular basis is something that began 26 years ago at their head office in Sheffield, and continues at their sites in Strasbourg, Chicago and New Delhi today.

The Sheffield Charities Team already has a great rapport with our clients as they have supported us with many different projects including an Afternoon Tea, Assisted Shopping, donating to our Little Sparklers Playgroup, and in lots of other ways. This relationship has been very rewarding for both our clients and the team at Gripple. We can’t wait to work with them as their official Charity of the Year in 2017.

We will be keeping you up to date with all the latest news about our work over the coming year.

"SRSB is a wonderful local charity and we are delighted to be fundraising for them as our Charity of the Year and to have the opportunity of working with Barclays. We love the happy family atmosphere at SRSB’s centre of activity on Mappin Street and their clients are truly inspirational to all our staff here at Gripple.  It’s a win-win situation all round!" 

Lesley Wainwright, Gripple Charities Team. Gripple Ltd.


Barclays logo

We are delighted that staff from the South Yorkshire Corporate and Business Banking team have chosen to support SRSB.

We are really looking forward to working with Barclays staff on several projects, including events, awareness and also around access to work and emotional support. We will be keeping you up to date with all the latest news about our work over the coming year.

SRSB provide a fantastic range of support to over 3,600 people in our local community and the staff here at Barclays are delighted to be working with them in 2017. We already have plans for various fund raising initiatives and will also work with SRSB to provide support under our Shared Growth Ambition – focussing on Access to Employment and Access to Financial & Digital Empowerment”

Sue Benson, Head of Support Team, Barclays Corporate Banking South Yorkshire


Westfield Health Insurance logo

Westfield Heath provides Health Cash Plans for individuals, couples, families and companies. It is a not for profit organisation with strong caring values and social responsibility. They have kindly supported SRSB over several years with projects such as our Mobile Information Unit Appeal, Minibus funding, and other ongoing projects that have all made a big difference to SRSB’s clients. 

"We at Westfield are delighted to support SRSB as they are proactive in supporting those who are blind or partially sighted. They are a great asset to the community of Sheffield."

Westfield Health.


Virgin Money logo 

Virgin Money plc is a UK-based bank and financial services company owned by the Virgin Group and founded by Sir Richard Branson in March 1995.

Virgin Money have opened a number lounges throughout the country and in July 2016 the Virgin Money Lounge Sheffield was opened. They are designed to be places where customers can relax and local communities/charities can come together.

SRSB are delighted to have worked on a number of projects to date with the new lounge. This has ranged from fundraising events such as, ‘Breakfast with Santa’ and ‘An Inspirational Evening of Local Sporting Celebrities’ to the SRSB Youth Club, holding its meetings in the games room and having a great time bowling. In addition to this, SRSB were awarded 4 places for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017, which was amazing! 

“We at Virgin Money are delighted to be working with SRSB, we have built up a great relationship with the team at Mappin Street, it’s like being part of a big family. They work they do is vital to the blind and partially sighted in Sheffield and we are happy to help in any way we can.’

Holly Garforth, Events & Promotions Manager - Sheffield Lounge.


Irwin Mitchell logo operates in association with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors. Patient Lawyers is a medical negligence website from national law firm Irwin Mitchell. They handle medical claims for people who have been injured as a result of poor care from doctors, hospital staff or other healthcare professionals.

SRSB has had an ongoing relationship with Irwin Mitchell for the last few years and is excited to be developing this relationship with Patient Lawyers. Irwin Mitchell has a long history of supporting charitable organisations and projects within the communities where they operate and as a local charity we are delighted to build on the ways that we can work together.  

“Irwin Mitchell is proud to support SRSB, a charity which continues to provide outstanding assistance for those who are blind and partially sighted. Be it monthly social evenings or ensuring regular client contact, SRSB is there to help. Their Mappin Street Centre is a great asset in which many of the activities and events can be held - including a fantastic Christmas party for their clients to celebrate at the end of each year!

SRSB is keen to involve both clients and supporters in their fundraising events and Irwin Mitchell look forward to participating in these events for many years to come.”

Ruth Thomas, Paralegal. Irwin Mitchell.


 Big Yellow logo

Big Yellow Self Storage is the UK's favourite self storage company with a network of 83 storage facilities across London and the UK in high profile, easy–to–access locations. Big Yellow provides self storage solutions for homes and business. There are four storage facilities in Sheffield.

Big Yellow Self Storage are kindly supporting SRSB with one of our events, by storing donated teddy bears for our Teddy Parachute Jump in 2016!

"The team at Hillsborough absolutely love getting involved in local charities and thankfully Big Yellow let us have an active part in the community. This is such a fun and quirky event too that we couldn’t resist in having lots of teddy bears delivered to store! The team would like to wish the Yogi’s, the Sooty’s, Winnie the Pooh’s, the Paddington’s and the Rupert’s every bit of luck in the upcoming jump. No doubt the Bears will be making the long trip down to Wembley for the final"

Jack Dormer, Big Yellow Self Storage


Tramlines Logo

Tramlines Festival is Sheffield's Inner City Music event. We were thrilled to be chosen as their official charity in 2015.

"We were delighted to be able to work with SRSB as our official charity for Tramlines 2015. The team have a truly creative approach to fundraising and awareness-building which we were happy to be a part of, while their work in the city makes a huge difference in the lives of blind and partially-sighted people. On a practical level, too, the team at SRSB gave us an insightful and applicable range of advice and feedback on how we can better engage with customers who are blind and partially-sighted. We've been able to take away a number of useful tips and feel that we've been equipped with knowledge that will make our future festivals better for visually-impaired music fans."

Kate Hewett, Tramlines.


Hallamshire Golf Club logo

Hallamshire Golf Club is nestled between the City of Sheffield and the Peak District National Park, and is recognised as one of the finest golf clubs in the South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire region.

Hallamshire Golf Club chooses a charity to support each year, and we were thrilled to hear that they have chosen SRSB in 2015. We are really looking forward to working with them in the year ahead.

"The Captains at Hallamshire Golf Club are delighted to have SRSB as our nominated charity for 2015. We recognise the valuable and vital work that they do supporting adults and children with visual impairment and blindness".

John Russell (Men’s Captain) and Barbara Bridgland (Ladies Captain) Hallamshire Golf Club.


Old Mercury logo

Mercury Taxis was a taxi company in Sheffield. We were delighted to hear that they had chosen to support SRSB as one of their charities of the year in 2014, joining St Luke’s Hospice and Support Dogs as beneficiaries of Mercury’s community support.

“We were delighted to support, for the first time this year, this hugely worthwhile charity which is doing such outstanding work. I think most people fear losing their sight most of all, and many of us cannot begin to imagine what such a loss would do to our lives, practically, emotionally and relationally.”

Peter Holmes, Mercury Taxis.


Hart Shaw logo

Hart Shaw supported SRSB in 2011/12. They raised funds for us by holding Dress Down Days and also from their Christmas Raffle.

Hart Shaw is a leading firm of Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers based in Sheffield and we really appreciated their support.

“Hart Shaw is delighted to be supporting SRSB in 2011/12. We have built up a great relationship with the team at Mappin Street and they have ensured we are treated like part of the family through their friendly and informative approach. When we were on the look out for a new Sheffield based charity SRSB seemed the obvious choice as they are very proactive, approachable and most importantly we are supporting a very worthy cause.”

Brendan Hall, Marketing Co-ordinator. Hart Shaw.


Gripple logo

Gripple Ltd supported SRSB in 2011. They decided that they would like to raise funds for our children's Christmas parties and their staff held fundraising events including a Bag Pack and a Bric a Brac sale.

Gripple is an innovative local company that manufacture wire joiners and tensioners and we had a great year working with them.  

After our first visit to SRSB’s Mappin Street Centre, there was no doubt we wanted the SRSB as one of our 4 chosen charities for 2011!  We were so impressed with the facilities and programme of events taking place and loved the family, caring atmosphere.  We asked Sue and Jane for a ‘wish list’ and chose the Christmas parties as our all important goal to aim for. Our highlight was visiting the Little Sparklers group in January and hearing what a good time was had by all. We like to take the word FUN from FUNdraising – because that’s exactly what it is!  If you fancy giving it a go, the SRSB is a great cause and Sue and Jane are a delight to work with and will give you all the help you need.” Lesley Wainwright, Gripple Charities Team. Gripple Ltd.


JLD logo

Sheffield & District JLD (Junior Lawyer Division) supported SRSB in 2011/12. They fundraised for us at their networking events, such as their Charity Ball, Pamper Evening and Summer Barbeque.

JLD promotes the interests of junior lawyers in the Sheffield region and provides its members with a forum to develop relationships within the legal community.

“The JLD were proud to name the SRSB as their nominated charity early in March 2011. We chose the SRSB as they are a local Sheffield based charity who receive no national contributions. The team down at the centre made it enjoyable to raise funds as they are all so helpful and passionate about what they do. They attend our events and also invite our members to their events which also involves a very enjoyable quiz evening at the Queens Head Pub. I personally shall be advising future committees to continue supporting the SRSB”. Zarvin Vandrewala from Irwin Mitchell. Education and Charities Rep for Sheffield & District JLD in 2011/12.


Foods You Can logo

Foods You Can are new supporters of SRSB and we are really looking forward to working with them. Foods You Can is a website that was developed after Bunmi Sobowale experienced severe food allergies. The only thing that has enabled Bunmi to manage her illness is by taking control of her diet. This also led her to turn her experience into a practical way to support others and she has set up a website called Foods You Can that helps people with food intolerance. Foods You Can aims to make life easier for everyone, whether they have a food allergy, intolerance, health issue such as diabetes, high cholesterol or made a conscious life style choice to eliminate certain ingredients from their diet. Read more about Bunmi’s story.




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