Following a successful joint street collection with the lions last year, PAB wanted to organise its own event and Peterborough City Council kindly issued us with a permit to raise funds in the City Centre on Saturday 2nd August 2014.
Not only was it a great way to generate vital funds, but it also allowed us to chat to people in the city, promoting our charity and the services we provide to local people. We had four stations around the centre with 16 members and volunteers taking it in turns to do 2 hour sessions. Collecting rules mean that you have to wait for people to come to you, and luckily the kind people of Peterborough would often stop for a chat and to help the collection. Many of our volunteers met people they hadn’t seen for years!
Rain had been threatening throughout the day which may have been why town was unusually quiet. It managed to hold off though until the last hour, when it caused havoc with our plans as shoppers and volunteers ran for cover into Queensgate where everyone was sheltering. Once again the kind hearted city shoppers dipped into their pockets to help our charity raise £251 for our vital work!
Thank you to all our volunteers for giving up their time and showing us their support – It allows us to continue delivering a vital service to blind and partially sighted people across Peterborough. Thanks also to the cooperative bank for their help and support with counting and bagging the change. PAB member Barbara Scotney and bank official Jonathan Berridge can be seen counting the proceeds in our gallery pages!
Please click here to visit our gallery page to see more pictures of the day.