• Useful Vision
  • Monday 11th December 2017


Useful Vision children design Run Geordie Run T-Shirts

As you may know, Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run has chosen Useful Vision as his charity to support during 2017. He is taking part in many fundraising challenges throughout the year to raise money for us.

As one of his fundraising methods, Mark sells Run Geordie Run t-shirts. They are always very successful and have raised almost £30,000 over the years. When Mark approached us to ask if we would like to be involved in the design of his latest t-shirt, we thought it was an amazing idea!

We run monthly skills workshops for vision impaired children aged 10 and over. During the sessions children are able to make new friends, learn new skills, increase their confidence and gain more independence. They have the opportunity to take part in various introductory taster sessions and team building exercises. Children can take ownership of projects and be involved in planning activities. We thought it would be perfect to get the children involved with the t-shirts at the skills workshops and they were so excited when we told them! Mark set the children the challenge of coming up with a running related t-shirt design that was limited to two colours. The children came up with a great “run the race” design (see below). The front of the t-shirt has both the Useful Vision and Run Geordie Run logos. On the back is a drawing of the children holding a “run the race” banner along with the our strapline.

Useful Vision and Mark Allison are both delighted with the brilliant design and want to thank the children for their creativity and efforts.  We would also like to thank Dave Shenton at Shenton Creative for converting the children’s design into a format ready for the printer to use and to Run Geordie Run’s sponsor, Fresh Freight Group, who will be paying all production costs. This means that every penny that the t-shirts raise will go directly to Useful Vision. The t-shirts will go on sale for £12 meaning that the full £12 goes to Useful Vision. This is the approach that has always been taken with Run Geordie Run t-shirts.

Mark said “I think the fact that the children have produced something that is going to benefit themselves and other children that use the charity’s services is nothing short of wonderful.”

T-shirts are £12 to buy and £3 postage. They come in sizes XS-XXXL and you can choose from Technical fabric (The kind you run or go to the gym in)  or Tri-blend cotton fabric (Soft and comfortable cotton fabric).

If you would like to order a t-shirt then please click here and follow the instructions in the order form. Payment for t-shirts can be made here. All t-Shirts will be posted after 14th August.