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 Minister’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 I’m looking forward to the Pocklington staff conference with a sporting twist. We’re focussing on team work and in the afternoon we’ll be putting our skills to the test with a variety of blind sports!

 

Peter Corbett

Chief Executive

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