The campaign was launched in June 2012 with the aim of raising £100,000 in 100 days to help RLSB expand its specialist nursery services for visually impaired toddlers and their families in London and the South East.
The appeal attracted the support of well-known TV and stage stars including Zoe Wanamaker, Carley Stenson, Jemima Rooper and Jodie Prenger. Local businesses including Orbital Charity Dynamics, Complete Plumbing Service, Pell and Bales, Ramboll and MS Communications were heavily involved in fundraising.
For 15 years RLSB has run Dorton House Nursery in Sevenoaks, Kent, which has been rated Outstanding by Oftsed at every inspection. As well as providing more places at our existing nursery at Dorton House through the appeal, we also want to help more youngsters through new community based nurseries.
Funds have already been used to launch a new parent and toddler group in the London Borough of Greenwich. The weekly drop-in is held at the Toy Library in Eltham, and it could be transformed into a nursery for blind and partially sighted toddlers in 2013.
Launching the Little Heroes Fund
RLSB Head of Fundraising Craig Linton said: “Thank you so much to everyone who has helped to support and promote the appeal – we couldn’t have done it without you! We will be using the money raised to expand our nursery services for blind toddlers across London and the South East and the Little Heroes Appeal is just the start.
“Over the next few years, we’ll need to continue to raise money to make sure no blind baby and their family miss out on the expert care and love they receive from our staff and volunteers.
“That’s why I am delighted that we will be turning the appeal into a permanent fund to raise money for blind toddlers. Called the Little Heroes Nursery Fund, all the money raised will go directly towards helping our little heroes.”
Mum Hannah, whose four-year-old son Leo attends Dorton House Nursery, commented: “Without funds, children can’t attend the nursery, and Dorton House Nursery has made a difference to so many children’s lives. It has changed our lives and I don’t think that Leo would be the same little boy if he hadn’t come to the nursery.”
Text NURSERY to 70007 to make a monthly £3 donation. You can also support the fund by attending the Little Heroes Ball on 17 November.
Find out more about the Little Heroes campaign.