I’m sure you are all fed up of hearing about Brexit, but people keep asking me if I think it is going to have an impact on Pocklington. Well the short answer is, no I don’t. Fortunately we have been able to arrange our financial affairs in a way that enables us to take a long term view and we are not exposed to short term market volatility.

Much more interestingly, I have been to two fun events recently that I would like to share with you.

Firstly, I went to a reception at 10 Downing Street for RP Fighting Blindness, a charity with which we are increasingly collaborating, hosted by Samantha Cameron. It was my first visit, the place is like a Tardis – it is huge on the inside! The security to get into Downing Street is tighter than at an airport! I am old enough to remember the days when there were no security barriers at all and the general public could walk down Downing St whenever they wanted!

I want to congratulate Bhavini Makwana, the Activities Coordinator at East London Vision, which is part of the Pocklington Family, on receiving the Prime Ministerโ€™s Points of Light award for her volunteer work with RP Fighting Blindness at the reception. A huge well done from Pocklington to Bhavini.

The following day I had the pleasure of attending a farewell party for Beata Duncan Jones, who I know from the London VI Forum. She is retiring after spending 38 years as a rehab worker in Hammersmith and Fulham. Beata is a fascinating lady who has had a huge positive impact on a large number of people. She is a very keen cartoonist and the party included an exhibition of her work. She is also a leading expert on tactile paving on which she has written a detailed guide. It was a lovely occasion and I am happy to report that she has promised to continue coming to the LVIF meetings.

This month Iโ€™m looking forward to the Pocklington staff conference with a sporting twist. Weโ€™re focussing on team work and in the afternoon weโ€™ll be putting our skills to the test with a variety of blind sports!

 

Peter Corbett

Chief Executive

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