Southend in Sight joins sight loss charities nationally in a challenge: Take on 250

Southend in Sight joins sight loss charities nationally in a challenge: Take on 250

Marking the start to a new year with an exciting new challenge, local visual impairment charity Southend in Sight launches a virtual fundraiser, Take on 250.

Every day in the UK 250 people begin to lose their sight, and to help spread awareness, Southend in Sight is collaborating with 28 other sight loss charities to invite people to Take on 250.

The Take on 250 challenge takes place in January 2022, and people can take part individually or as a team, raising funds through sponsorship. Participants can choose any activity, whether it be baking, knitting, running, walking, or dancing and complete 250 minutes, 250 laps, or 250 repetitions – the choice is up to the individual or team.

The Southend in Sight staff team have set themselves the challenge of walking a total of 250 km in one week, starting on Sunday 16 January. The team will track the group progress through an app, with each staff member needing to average 5km a day to reach the total target of 250km in a week – no mean feat!

Sponsorship is welcome via the fundraising page:

Funds raised for Southend in Sight will benefit those living with sight loss and visual impairment in Southend and the surrounding area. Sponsors can either support an individual or the whole Southend in Sight team.

Lucy Martin, CEO Southend in Sight said “We’re excited to announce the launch of Take on 250 alongside our friends in the sight loss sector for 2022! The last two years have been a rollercoaster for everyone and particularly for blind and partially sighted people. So, let’s begin 2022 with a fresh start.

“If you’re up for a challenge, why not join us and Take on 250 for Southend in Sight to make a big difference to people living with sight loss in the UK.”

For more information on how to sign up to the virtual fundraiser for free, please call the Southend in Sight office on 01702 342131 or email The charity’s base at 117 Hamlet Court Road is only open for booked appointments but the charity’s shop is open.

Jamie Langstone