People who have lost some or all of their vision welcome empathy from people who care, however they also need equipment, practical advice and training so they can get on with their lives despite sight loss. The money you raise helps us to help them.
We are an independent charity, not receiving any funding from national charities for the blind, the government, local authorities or NHS.
The following examples give you an idea of the costs involved in some of our work for blind or visually impaired people.
- £9 could buy a liquid level indicator, allowing a blind person to make a hot drink without risk of scolding
- £7.50 could pay for a computer keyboard to be adapted for a visually impaired person
- £15 would cover the cost of taking a visually impaired person on an organised outing
- £15 would pay for a visually impaired person to attend one of our Social Centres, including transport to and from their own home
- £25 would pay for a visually impaired person to attend the Annual General Meeting
- £90 would cover the cost of providing a visually impaired person with the talking newspaper service for one year
- £120 would cover the cost of the lunches and refreshments for one person for one year at one of our weekly social clubs held for visually impaired people
- £300 would buy an iPad for a visually impaired person to learn and use the internet and emails
The total cost of the charitable services we provide is over £279,000 each year.
Many local community groups and clubs donate proceeds of their own fundraising to Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society. You can also donate to us by cash, standing order, through our collection boxes or store collections, or by sending a contribution directly to us at Bradbury House.
We value all donations, large or small and unlike many other charities, all the funds raised are used locally. For more information about how you can donate, please click on the sections below.
Ways that you can support us
Leaving a gift in your will to Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society will make a huge difference to the people who need us; without legacies so much of our work would not be possible. Leaving a gift in your will ensures that your money goes towards a good cause, also meaning it is not subject to inheritance tax. Arranging your charitable legacy is a flexible and painless process. Leaving a legacy simply involves adding a short paragraph (codicil) to your will. We would always suggest that you use a qualified solicitor to assist you with this.
Legacy gifts to charity are tax-free under current legislation. There are three types of gift. You can:
- Leave a share of your estate (a residuary gift).This is when a person leaves a percentage of their estate to charity. This means that, however much your estate is ultimately worth, you ensure your loved ones are looked after as well as giving a gift to us. It also means you don’t have to keep altering your will as your circumstances change.
- Leave a fixed amount of money (a pecuniary gift).This is a set sum of money. However, we advise that you consult your solicitor on what is best for your particular circumstances.
- Leave a particular item (a specific gift).
The most valuable gifts are residuary gifts, but any gift in your will, large or small, will give help to vulnerable people suffering from visual impairment or blindness in this area.
CAF Donate is a system which allows you to donate online. The benefits to you include;
- You can give how and when it’s convenient, via the web, mobile devices and through Facebook
- It is a smooth and simple process
- Choose from all major payment methods
- You can share your support for us with your family and friends by email and social media
Payroll giving allows you to give to Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society straight from your gross salary each payday.
It is an effective way to give, because your donation is given before tax. For example, if you donate £10, it will cost you £8 as the taxman will pay the rest.
All you need to do is fill out our form, available from Bradbury House.
- We will notify your employer that you want to start a payroll donation.
- Your employer will deduct the donation from your salary (before tax).
- Your employer will then send your donation to the Payroll Giving Agency (PGA) that they are registered with.
The PGA will send the donation through to Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society.
By giving shares to Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society it is possible to make a substantial tax saving, not only on income tax but on capital gains tax as well.
Income tax relief
Tax relief is available to UK taxpayers donating shares. Donors can claim Income Tax relief equal to the market value of the shares on the day the gift is made. This means that a higher rate taxpayer making gift of £10,000 worth of shares to a registered charity, will receive income tax relief of 40 per cent of the full value, i.e. £4,000. In order to make these savings all you need to do is:
- give the shares to our registered charity (Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society)
- claim the tax relief on your tax return
- have paid the amount of tax deducted by the end of the tax year in which the gift is given, (in other words the gift cannot give rise to a tax credit).
Capital gains tax relief
In addition to income tax relief there is also relief from capital gains tax, which means that in the hands of Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society, the gift is worth more than if you had sold shares yourself. The difference depends on how much capital gains tax you would have paid.
How to give shares
Gifts of shares can be transferred to us by completing a Transfer form for each share holding and returning it to us together with the appropriate share certificate(s).
If you are unsure as to the value of your shares, you may want to consider sending them to Sharegift. This is a charitable organisation specialising in accepting small numbers of shares with low values, which would normally mean that they would not be economic to be sold. They aggregate the shares and then sell them distributing the funds to charity. You can contact Sharegift at 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH and specify that you wish Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society to benefit.
Donate as a Company
Under this scheme your company can receive tax relief on a donation to Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society by deducting the amount donated from pre-tax profits at the end of the financial year. This means that your company can make a gross payment to us, allowing the Society to fully benefit from your donation.
To donate, send a cheque made payable to Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society with your company name, address and an employee contact name, to Bradbury House.
We particularly welcome sponsorship of our Annual Report and Annual General Meeting, which is always well publicised and attended.
If you want to make regular payments to us, you can create a standing order with your bank. This can be used to make regular payments at a specified frequency. If you do wish to pay by standing order, please use this standing order form or collect a printed copy from Bradbury House.
Whether you have a couple of hours to give helping out at one of our collections, or would like to work in a group putting on fantastic fundraising events throughout the year, there are opportunities for you.
Putting on your own event for Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society is an excellent way to make friends and do something really worthwhile. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel – remember the key word is fun. With good organisation, fantastic fundraising events are easier to do than you think. In the past the Society has benefited from people organising raffles, bric-a-brac stalls, tombolas and auctions.
We use these opportunities not just to generate much-needed income, but also to spread the word of our services to those who may be unaware of what we offer.
If you would like to get involved in a fundraising event, please contact us at Bradbury House on 01507 605604, or via the contact form on our website.
Gifts in Kind
Besides monetary gifts, there are other ways that you can help to support us. We always appreciate gifts which can be used at our Social Groups such as;
- Fruit cordial
Alternatively, helping through other means such as printing our Annual Report or publicity materials, would be of great value to us.