In 2018 we welcomed Croydon Vision as our first ever Charity Partner. Croydon Vision, which supports people with sight loss, was nominated by one of our regular cellists, Sue, who has volunteered for the charity for many years.
Working with Croydon Vision was particularly special because we were able to collaborate in lots of different ways, and build a friendship between the two organisations over the course of the year. A highlight was a string orchestra concert that raised money for Croydon Vision and also featured recorder player James Risdon, who is visually impaired himself, as concerto soloist.
You can listen to an interview with James Risdon here [Coming Soon].
CEO, Susanette Mansour, tells us more about what the partnership meant to them:
Croydon Vision provides a range of services for members such as information and advice, transport, lunches, dance and various other engaging social groups. We support people who are blind or partially sighted to live independent, confident and fulfilled lives. We serve all ages – children and young people, working age people and over 65s. Croydon Vision is currently in partnership with SELO, which is a rewarding collaboration for our members and hopefully for SELO as well! The relationship is having a positive effect on members whilst also raising funds. Music has become more prominent at Croydon Vision, for example our members are trying out and exploring instruments. We recently had a Croydon Vision talent show, with various members showcasing their talent.”Susanette Mansour
Following the SELO 2018 Christmas concert, Croydon Vision members said:
“I was enraptured with the way that I experienced my first orchestral carol concert. All my senses filled with awe, wonder & praise.”Evelyn
“I thought the concert was fantastic. The carols were good. I liked the sleigh ride. Thank you David for letting us feel and play the percussion instruments before the concert.”Steve
“Wonderful concert, beautiful, it really lifted me and did me the world of good”Irene