Light Up!

by tP4@RNC in Hereford, Herefordshire, United Kingdom

Total raised £15,250

raised so far

+ est. £390.50 Gift Aid



We need to replace the lighting in our large sports hall to carbon reducing LED lighting so it is more environmental and efficient.

by tP4@RNC in Hereford, Herefordshire, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 19th December 2022 we'd raised £15,250 with 87 supporters in 75 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Who are we?

thePoint4 is a gym, fitness and conference centre based in the city of Hereford, and a national centre of excellence for para sports.

It is owned and run by The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), a registered charity.

All income generated from gym memberships, facilities hire and sporting events at thePoint4 supports training for young people with a visual impairment at RNC.

This unique public centre, used by RNC students, is also a place for community and friendship, inclusivity, learning and leisure. A place to bring people together, no matter their age.

Our centre is a hub of activity and opportunity and we pride ourselves in being at the heart of the community providing an accessible space that is valued and supported by the people of Herefordshire.

How our project relates with United by Birmingham 22

Our centre and sports hall provides a space for young people to engage in sport at all levels from across the West Midlands and further afield. Like the Commonwealth Games we embrace diversity and inclusivity. 

We encourage all young people to participate in sports that offer disabled and non-disabled young people the opportunity to play together and for students of RNC to rise to elite level in para sports like Goalball and Blind Football. 

Following the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the IBSA World Games are taking place in 2023 also in Birmingham. This is the world's biggest gathering of athletes with visual impairments and for some is the highest level they can compete at outside of the Paralympics. We hope to see some of our students and ex-students taking part in Blind Football, Partially sighted football and Goalball at the Games. 


Community impact

thePoint4 centre is used widely by our local community as well as across Hereford and nationally. 

Visually impaired sports; Goalball and Partially Sighted Football teams use the hall regularly for practice, games and competitions. In addition, students from RNC and other visually impaired young people from across the UK also use the hall for trying out sports like golf, cricket, judo and tennis, goalball on residential weekends. 

Local schools, colleges and sports clubs use the hall including 

  • Herefordshire Netball Junior and Adult Leagues 
  • the Table Tennis Association
  • Hereford and Ludlow College 
  • local football clubs 
  • local Cheerleading teams 

The hall also hosts a range of national competitions including Judo, BJJ, Goalball.

The hall provides a weather proof environment for people in the community to practice their sport year round so there is never a cancelled practice, game or match. 


Why are we crowdfunding?

We need to replace the lighting in our large sports hall with LED lighting. This will have a big impact on our carbon footprint making savings both environmentally and economically. We calculate a saving of 29,423kgCO2e per year which roughly equates to 175,000 km driven in a diesel car. 

It will also improve continuity in the hall as we will have less maintenance requirements causing disruption to users. For our Table Tennis Association users there is also a significant benefit as it means that brighter lighting would allow the hosting of National championships or Grand Prix (which attract top national and some international players).  It could also potentially provide suitable conditions to host International level tournaments.

Income from thePoint4 goes towards supporting young people who are blind or have a visual impairment. Whilst we also try to ensure that we maintain our facilities from this income the pandemic has been a difficult time. As a public gym and sporting centre we had to close the facility over much of Covid in 2020 and 2021 and this meant we had no income in that time. The project will cover the cost of the removal of existing lighting and installation of the new system of LED lighting. With the hall being the equivalent of three storeys high, this is no small operation and will involve qualified cherry picker operatives and electricians.


How we’ll spend the money raised

The money raised will be used to dismantle existing lighting and purchase and install LED lighting across the Sports Hall. This is a total of 60 replacement fittings. 

As LED lights use less power than traditional sources, the overall kW/hr consumption per year is less, and will, therefore, reduce the overall CO2 emissions of the sports hall. 

This also results in lower electricity costs and the long lifespan of LED means reduced maintenance costs. Thus, there are considerable savings for thePoint4 involved in switching to LED lighting. These savings will directly benefit the students of RNC. 


How you can play your part

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out!

4. Create a fundraiser of your own. Use the button on our page to get started. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fun idea!


This project offered rewards

£400 or more

Advertising Space in the Sports Hall lit by LED!

A special offer for businesses to advertise in tP4@RNC Sports Hall! Each space is 2m x 1m and includes board, printing and installation, you just provide the artwork. The hall is used by a wide range of local and national users and with an annual footfall of around 38,000 your business will get wide coverage. We are unable to accept advertising of alcohol, tobacco or gambling.

£5 or more

Beryl Bike vouchers

Beryl bikes are proud to support our campaign. Each £5 voucher provides 100 complimentary minutes for a Beryl Bike or eScooter (use of eScooter requires verified provisional or full driving license). T&Cs apply

£10 or more

2 x Gym Session

One session is one hour's use of thePoint4 public gym. The gym is fully accessible with 60 stations and expert advice on hand. Facilities include the Synergy 360, Life Resistant Machines and Hammer Strength Equipment This is good value as one gym session is usually £8

£10 or more

2 x Exercise Class

You can choose from a wide range of exercise and fitness classes to suit all levels of ability. Expert instructors deliver classes which include circuits, SpinRevolution, total tone, pilates, yoga and many more. Classes usually cost £7 each making this reward good value!

£10 or more

Pamper yourself with a massage

Our students studying Massage and Complementary Therapies are offering massages as rewards. You can choose from a hand massage, a foot massage or an onsite massage (this is in a special onsite massage chair). Our massage students have weekly practical experience so quite quickly gain the skills needed to deliver sessions to the public and provide a service county wide. Duration 20 - 30 minutes

£20 or more

£20 - Wash and blow-dry with hair treatment

An opportunity to pamper yourself with a wash and blow-dry and hair treatment at one of Hereford's most popular salons - Salon 100 (worth £35). They are based in Grandstand Road, Westfields, Hereford. Find them on Facebook:

£20 or more

Lucy's Hair and Beauty

Get yourself a lovely haircut and blowdry at Lucy's salon (worth £30), a highly popular salon based in Peterchurch. For those of you living south of the city you can avoid the Hereford traffic and combine your visit to Lucy's salon with a trip to the beautiful Golden Valley at the same time.

£20 or more

Indulge in a one hour long massage

Our students studying Massage and Complementary Therapies are offering massages as rewards. You can choose from a full body, sports or aromatherapy massage. With weekly practical experience our students quickly gain the skills needed to deliver sessions to the public. They deliver sessions locally including for sports clubs, carer groups, family networks, stroke association, parkinsons groups

£30 or more

One week all inclusive

For one week you will have all inclusive use of the thePoint4's gym and access to exercise classes.

£30 or more

Astro Pitch hire

Hire of the astropitch for one hour. The pitch is of international football standard, having been refurbished in 2020 with 3G surfacing technology. The 3G long synthetic grass with shock-absorbent rubber crumb, is considered the safest and most suitable for football. To be redeemed in line with booking facilities at thePoint4.

£40 or more

Sports Hall hire

Hire of the whole Sports Hall for one hour. To be redeemed in line with booking availability through thePoint4. The hall is 42.8m x 33.5m, it is a controlled and balanced accoustic environment with seamless polyurethane flooring and retractable seating for 280 people.

£40 or more

Try out blind sports - Goalball

Goalball was originally invented for visually impaired WWII veterans. Now it is played across the world at international para levels. You can have a chance to try this exciting fast paced game out with GB Women's Goalball Head coach, Aaron Ford. You will wear eyeshades during the game and be safely guided as you learn to navigate the pitch and listen for the audio ball to play. A minimum of 6 people is needed for this reward to take place.

£40 or more

Try out blind sports - Blind Football

Blind Football or Futsal or 5 a side football consists of 5 players including the goalkeeper. Players wear eyeshades and follow an audio ball and directions from a sighted guide. It is played around the world with modified FIFA rules. Adam Bendall, Head Coach of the England Blind Squad, will lead the session, he has 12 years experience in blind football, and took the team to the 2022 European Championships. Minimum of 6 people for this reward.

£500 or more

Advertising Space Pitchside

This is great value for local businesses! We are offering advertising space on our astropitch sidings for one year. Space is 2m x 1m and includes board, printing and installation, you just provide the artwork. The pitch has an annual footfall of 20,373 people, including local and national matches with public audiences. We cannot accept advertising of alcohol, tobacco or gambling. Please note 10 pledges are needed for this reward to proceed.

£20 or more

A pair of Odeon Cinema tickets

Two cinema tickets for any Odeon cinema to be used by 9 December 2022. RRP £12.50 per ticket

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