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Previous Events

After all of the hard work there is nothing we like better than seeing people take part in our events, everyone enjoying themselves, but most of all raising money for the Dorset Blind Association!

Dining in the Dark

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On Wednesday the 16th November we teamed up with the Hospitality students at Bournemouth and Poole College to offer a unique 'Dining in the Dark' experience at their Escoffier Restaurant. The evening was extremely insightful and a incredible opportunity to give local supporters the chance to really experience sight loss in a unique way. Thank you to everyone that supported the evening and helped to raise £1543.00!

2nd Annual Masquerade Ball

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On Saturday 12th November 2016, we held our 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball at The Cumberland Hotel, Bournemouth.
The evening was a fabulous success with over 100 attendees, with a casino, raffle and entertainment from the fabulous 'Red Fez Orchestra'. Thank you to everyone that supported the event and helped to raise £9,000! The event was sponsored by Blue Sky Financial Planning.

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Annual Quiz and Curry Night

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We held our 2nd Annual Quiz and Curry Night at Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth, on Wednesday 19th October 2016. With over 60 attendees, making up over 12 teams, the evening raised an incredible £3,000! Huge thanks to Steve Richards, Dorset Celebrant, for hosting the Quiz and to Barclays UK for matched funding.




Our Bright for Sight Night Run returned for its 2nd year to Boscombe Seafront on Saturday 24th June. Over 100 runners lit up the coast as they went 'Bright for Sight' with glow sticks, neon paint and bright clothing.

The event raised just under £3,000, and a massive thank you to our event sponsors Parley Optometrists for supporting our run once again.

Arts University of Bournemouth

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On the 19th September we were in the Bournemouth Arts University.
The students were interested in the association and we spent good moment together.

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ANNUAL BIKE RIDE

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A team of 17 supporters, members and fundraiser, Helena, took part in a 55 mile bike ride around Dorset on Sunday 18th September. They took part in the Dorset Rotary Bike Ride to raise funds for Dorset Blind Association and Cancer Research UK.

Well done to everyone that took part and helped to raise nearly £1,500!

80s Night in Weymouth

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Huge thanks to one of our Community Support Workers, Bev, for organising a fantistic 80s Night at The New Vic, Weymouth. An incredible turn out and some brilliant costumes worn! Thank you for raising £900! If you are in the Weymouth area, make sure you come along next year!

Quiz Night at The Brit

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We had a wonderful evening at The BriT's quiz night on 20th July in aid of Dorset Blind Association, hosted by Hot Radio's Geoff Carter, which raised £120.

Thanks to everyone who came and supported the event. Here's our winning team with Geoff Carter and our fantastic Events Fundraiser.

Classic Car Event at Lulworth Castle 2016

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We hosted our Second Annual Classic Car Event at Lulworth Castle on 8 May 2016. A total of 50 classic car owners and their passengers participated in the event which started at the Sandford Pub with a Classic Car run through the country lanes of Dorset, finishing at Lulworth Castle. After arriving at Lulworth, guests displayed their cars at the Castle Showground where fellow car enthusiasts and the general public were able to view the display.

We also held a family fun day offering various stalls, a grand raffle, refreshments and a visit from Peppa Pig. With the sun shining, local families and tourists enjoyed the day and enabled the event to be a huge success, raising nearly £1,200.

Florence Foster Jenkins Film Premiere

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Our first ever film premiere was a great success. With incredible support throughout the night, along with the generosity of our sponsors Blue Sky Financial Planning, we raised a total of £10,306.84.

We are very grateful to our dedicated patron and director of the film, BAFTA award winning Stephen Frears. It is through his passion for our charity’s work, that we were given this opportunity, but we could not have made it into a reality without the funding from our sponsors to make the event happen.

We were lucky enough to have singer­songwriters Laura Doggett and Amy Studt, TV chef Lesley Waters, actor Sam Frears, son of director Stephen Frears and the charity’s president James Weld, owner of The Lulworth Estate at the event along with several Dorset dignitaries.

London based photographer Gem Rey, our trustee Maria Grundmann, couture cake­maker Debbie Wingham and Canvas provided very special lots for our auction.

You can view the photos from the event on the Dorset Blind Association Facebook page.

Virtual Row 2016

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Local businesses helped us raise over £800 at our annual Virtual Row Event on Thursday 28th April. Business supporters, volunteers, and visually impaired people jumped on rowing machines in Bournemouth Square to compete for the Virtual Row Challenge. Members of the community joined in the fun, competing in the Individual Challenge, and taking part in the other fun activities, including the tombola and a blindfolded feely box.

Companies from all over Bournemouth entered teams, including teams from Nationwide, The Elstead Hotel, Vanguard Security, Eco Home Services, and a team from Dorset Blind Association consisting of the charity's blind and partially sighted members. Everyone who participated received a bottle of water, a cereal bar, and a certificate for all their hard work. Rowing machines were kindly provided by Bournemouth University Boat Club.

The teams were also cheered on by the Bournemouth University cheerleading team, BU Falcons to the admiration of the crowd and rowers.

All teams competed to complete 10,000 meters the quickest, with Team TMW from Nationwide winning first place and going home with paintballing vouchers. Members of the public were challenged to row 250 meters as fast as they could, with James Connold winning for the men with 38 seconds, and Beth Dyer winning for the women with 42 seconds.

Into The Blue

We held our Into The Blue Zipwire Challenge on the 19th of March at Bournemouth Pier. Six of our daring staff and volunteers took to the sky to glide down to the Bournemouth shore in an exhilarating zip lining experience. The overall event is expected to raise £2000 (approx.) to aid in our mission to support blind and partially sighted people in Dorset.

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Fitness February

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This February we conducted our Fitness February Challenge and aimed to tally up a 3500 hours of exercise, we managed to raise over £1800 throughout the month.

We kicked off the challenge on the first of February with a spinning class and our CEO Jonathan took on the spin-a-day challenge for a second year running. We conducted roadshows all around Dorset to encourage people to turn their Lbs into £s for DBA.

We managed to tally up an incredible total of a 1803 hours 30 minutes and 23 seconds! We are so proud of the efforts put in for this year’s Fitness February Challenge and we can’t wait to get right back into it next February!

Live Music Fundraiser 2015

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Live Music Fundraiser - Headline Jawbone!

Saturday 14th November

Jawbone headlined the Live Music Fundraiser for the Dorset Blind Association at the Winchester to help raise money for Dorset Blind Association. They were supported by local bands Rise before Fallen and Coast.

The event raised over £500

Masquerade Ball 2015

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Dorset Blind Association held its first Masquerade ball on Friday, the 30th of September 2015 at the Cumberland hotel Bournemouth.The association also proudly used the ball to introduce its new patrons, Julian and Emma Fellowes.

The event was attended by 120 people including new patrons, Conservative member of the House of Lords and the great great niece of the first Earl Kitchener, Julian and Emma Fellowes. Also present at the ball was Sam Frears, son of patron and BAFTA award winning director, Stephen Frears.

The event was proudly sponsored by Tucker Wealth Management

Classic Car & Lunch @ Lulworth - Sunday 17th May 2015

The Dorset Blind Association held its first Classic Car Show & Lunch @ Lulworth, the event was attended by 100 people and half a dozen classic cars took to the Dorset roads on the Treasure Hunt that started the day off.

Thank you to Wilfrid & Sally Weld for letting us use Lulworth, the Staff of Lulworth, Dorset Catering Services for the fab food and our supporters, Barclays, Bartercard, Southwestern Vehicle Auctions and Wessex FM.

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Curry & Quiz Night

The first Curry & Quiz Night took place at the Cumberland Hotel on Thursday 16th April 2015. The evening was sponsored by Nationwide and was a great success raising over £3000 for the charity. The ultimate winners were "The Famous Five" with "No Eye Dear" picking up the wooden spoon!

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Pyjama Day

No it was not an April Fool! It was Pyjama Day on 1st April 2015! Thank you to all of you that took part and for submitting your pictures to us.

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Zip Wire Challenge

Over 25 people took part in the first Dorset Blind Association's Zip Wire Challenge - which was the first of the "Thriller Threesome".

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Italian Extravaganza in Shaftesbury

The third annual Italian Extravaganza, was held at Amore in Shaftesbury on Tuesday 10th March. Ove 60 guests attended the evening of good food, good wine and good company. Entertainment for the evening was provided by Jazmin and the popular local choir Palida.

The evening raised over £5,000 for the DBA and was supported by Savills and Barclays.

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Our thanks to all of the hard work put in by the volunteers at Amore

DBA CURRY NIGHT

The DBA went for a Curry at the Indian Ocean, Bournemouth on Thursday 19th February and it was great evening of good food and good company, all whilst raising money for the DBA! The evening was run with the support of Barter Card and everyone that attended dined on a well deserved curry as the event raised over £1500.

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An Italian “Cucina di Campagna” Dinner

Thursday, 29th January 2015 at Da Vinci’s Restaurant, Poole, Dorset.

Over 70 guests attended the Italian evening that was held in association with Da Vinci’s Restaurant and Dorset Wine Company. The event was organised by Diana Andrews in memory of her late husband, John who was our Chairman of Trustees.
The event which was sponsored Savills of Wimborne, raised over £3,000 and this will be matched by Barclays.

Thank you for amazing evening!

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5th Annual Charity Run

Sunday, 21st September 2014 on Boscombe Pier.

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Virtual Row Event

Friday, 18th July 2014 in Bournemouth Square.

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Dorset Police Concert

Saturday, 12th July 2014 at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne, Dorset.

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