Phillip Collins, Author at Speed Of Sight

March 31, 2020

According to a 2018 survey, 12% of participants explained that they had not donated to charity in the last 12 months due to concerns that their money would not be spent fairly and effectively. After all, there are thousands of people in the UK who simply cannot afford to make frequent donations even though the majority of registered charities rely on such generosity in order to continue making a change. Read on as the team here at Speed of Sight go over everything there is to know about the way that charitable donations are spent…

Although the exact figures will differ from charity to charity, the majority of organisations will spend between 26-87% of their annual income on the charitable activities that they intend to provide. After all, some of these funds must be spent on utility bills for the head office and wages for those who work for the charity themselves, as around 9% of charities have paid staff. These statistics are can also be based on a per pound basis too as charities will often dedicate a certain portion, such as 0.80p for every £1 donation, to charitable activities rather than a final percentage figure.

In order to avoid negative press, it is important that registered charities are as transparent as possible with their donors and volunteers. After all, it is no secret that these organisations rely on donated funds in order to make a change, however there is a common misconception that paid employees working for a wage take up a large percentage of the money that is accumulated throughout any given year.

Luckily, technology has played an integral role in gaining public trust as many charities now allow donors to see exactly where their funds are going in a similar format to an annual tax summary by using a program known as Blockchain. Whilst this isn’t utilised by every UK charity, it is safe to say that is an important stepping stone in the right direction.

Mike Newman, the co-found of Speed of Sight, is a world-record holding daredevil with a need for speed. In fact, he has helped hundreds, if not thousands, of people experience the freedom of driving when they otherwise wouldn’t be able to. To find out more information about charity fundraising and the different ways that Speed of Sight aim to make a difference, get in contact with a member of the charity team today!


March 31, 2020

There is nothing more damaging to a charity than a lack of donations from the general public. After all, a large percentage of charities in the UK rely on sponsorships from large businesses and the generosity of everyday people in order to continue providing the service they are known for. Here at Speed of Sight, we want to talk about the different donation methods that are available and how easy it is to donate to local charities that are trying to make a difference. Read on to find out more…

Monthly Donations

Many charities obtain a large amount of their spendable cash from monthly donations because these are reliable and consistent. After all, donors are able to choose the amount that they would like to contribute which ensures that the organisation does not place too much pressure on the public, and these figures often range between £5 and £50. In addition to this, charities also accept custom one-off donations that may have been collected during a fundraising event.

Online Percentage Donations

The popularity of online shopping continues to increase each year which means that charities are suffering due to the lack of shoppers in busy city centres. Luckily, there are many online retail stores that take part in non-profit donations and contribute a percentage of a shopper’s total to a charity of their choice. Here at Speed of Sight, we work closely with Give as You Live, which is free to use and plays an integral role in the number of donations obtained by UK charities.

Charity Shop Purchases

Creating an online shop is one of the most effective ways that a charity can obtain donations from the public. After all, brandishing a logo on clothing, cups and bags not only raises awareness about the services that the charity provides when buyers utilise them, it also encourages the public to make further donations. In addition to this, these stores are cost-effective and very easy to run.

Here at Speed of Sight, we rely on charity fundraising, donations and the generosity of the public to continue our work, however official statistics suggest that there are around 5,000 new charities registered in the UK each year which means that we are constantly competing with one another for donations. After all, only a select number of organisations receive government funding. Luckily, there are several different donation methods that those with the ability to do so can choose from. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the Speed of Sight team today!


March 17, 2020

According to statistics, there are around 185,000 charities registered in the UK and Wales and this number continues to rise by around 5,000 each year. Realistically, it is impossible for one person to donate to every single operational charity, however this doesn’t mean that fundraising and donations are not important. After all, making a contribution to just one charity can make a huge difference. Read on as we go over 3 reasons why everybody should consider donating to a charity…

It sets a good example

It is often said that positive actions create a positive chain reaction and since humans are a social species, we often follow the behaviour of others. As a result, donating to charity can set a good example for relatives, close friends and even strangers and encourage them to do the same thing. After all, many people tend to be suspicious of smaller charities and its takes just one person to show an unbiased in the form of a sincere donation.

Some charities rely on donations

Although some charities in the UK have government funding or are sponsored by recognisable incorporations like the National Lottery, many charities rely solely on the donations and sponsorships that they receive from others. After all, it is this generosity that allows a charity to continue helping animals, the vulnerable and the disabled which means that even the smallest donations can make a noticeable impact.

Your money helps people

From medical research into cancer and Alzheimer’s to animal charities that train guide dogs or prevent cruelty, the money that is given in donations is used in order to help people from all walks of life. With this said, many people state that they do not donate to charity because the money is ‘wasted’ when many organisations are transparent and are happy to explain how their donations are spent. As a result, it is easy to see how important donations are in changing the lives of everyday people. 

Whether you’re an animal lover or simply want to make a difference to someone’s life, there are thousands of different registered charities to choose from. In fact, charity fundraising events are the most effective way to raise awareness and spread a positive message to as many people as possible. Speed of Sight are the UK’s only charity that provides driving experiences for the blind and disabled and, just like many other charities, it relies on the generosity of its supporters to continue doing so.


March 2, 2020

New charities are created every year for a multitude of reasons. Sometimes a cause that has been underfunded by government initiatives falls by the wayside and requires public funding to operate, and sometimes new problems arise that require charitable donations in order to combat.

Giving to local, national and international charities has never been more important, and is not just beneficial to the charities themselves but also the donators who support them.

The most important source of income

The reason we see a lot more charity fundraising now is because these types of events account for the majority of income for every charity in the UK. They are responsible for raising awareness and getting people to engage with the charity in a positive and enjoyable way.

Fundraising events aren’t just for the larger charities either. Charitable organisations of all sizes benefit from some sort of fundraiser, whether it is a small event such as a coffee morning, or book sale, or a larger event like an auction, a race, a dinner or a fair for the family.

Raising awareness of new issues

New charities can struggle to raise awareness of their cause whilst operating in the shade of well-established organisations. The main challenges surrounding a new charity is that they have little influence. Charities still resemble a brand to the public, so they have to be well developed over a period of time for a large number of people to recognise it and trust it.

Charity fundraising can help strengthen a charities brand in the local community, even if they are a new and moderately small organisation.

Help boost other avenues of donations

After fundraising events, charities see a noted increase in donations from other avenues, whether in the form of regular monthly donations or major donations from other businesses, especially after hosting local charity fundraising events in which local businesses can give their support and sponsorship.


February 28, 2020

There are modern obstacles getting in the way of everyone when it comes to being more active. Whether it is lack of time, money or motivation to find that get-up-and-go, for those with a disability, things can be even worse.

Finding a physical activity when you suffer from a disability can be difficult. With numerous barriers getting in the way of those with disabilities from achieving optimal physical health and wellness that need to be overcome, the whole process can seem a daunting task. Especially when you consider the following barriers:

Fatigue

Daily lives become more strenuous and stressful with a disability. Daily activities require more energy to complete which means that fatigue sets in a lot quicker. When we are feeling tired, the last thing we want to do is exercise, but studies show that taking part in activities can help boost energy levels and put us in a better state of mind to deal with stressful everyday tasks.

The Environment

Although much has been done by the government and local councils to make all venues accessible, unfortunately this is not always the case. There are still venues across the UK that lack accessibility to help include everyone, but efforts are in place to ensure that everywhere will be disability friendly soon.

Lack of Confidence and the perception around disability

The way disabled activities are perceived by society can have an adverse effect on people’s willingness to take part. Getting active is a daunting task, and many lack the confidence to begin a new activity. By embracing diversity more and more disabled people will find the confidence to seek a new activity that they will enjoy. Through charity fundraising, more activities are becoming available to disabled people across the UK.


February 28, 2020

The Speed of Sight charity lets blind and disabled people take part in unique driving experiences. The charity didn’t happen by accident, it is actually the creation of one of the world’s biggest speed freaks – Mike Newman.

But who is Mike Newman? The enigmatic vehicle lover who has a need for speed – some would say a death wish – and the man you’ll always find behind the wheel, no matter what vehicle he finds himself in.

Providing blind and disabled people the chance to get behind the wheel and experience driving first-hand is something that is very close to Mike Newman’s heart as he is currently a record holder in a number of blind world speed record on land, air and sea.

Racing is in Mike’s blood. 2001 was his first endeavour into the world of racing where he reached speeds of 89mph in an Aprilla Falco 1000cc V twin motorbike after just three days of practice. This was a World Blind land speed record for a motorcycle. From there, things only got quicker.

From two wheels he progressed to four. Getting behind the wheel of a supercharged XJR Jaguar in 2003 and setting the land speed record at Elvington Airfield in York where he reached speeds of 144mph. This he did to help raise money for Guide Dogs for the blind and Vision 2020.

Since then he has broken the Land Speed record on three other occasions; 178mph in 2005 behind the wheel of a BMW M5; hitting the 186mph mark in 2013; and hitting the big 200mph in 2014.

It wasn’t just on the track that Mike Newman set records. In 2013 he also set the Blind Water Speed record with a staggering 93.58mph over the water. In the skies he set a team record with The Blades Aerobatic Team in 2011, performing the most consecutive loops in formation.  

His 8 World records for speed is unparalleled. As co-founder of Speed of Sight, Mike ‘Superhuman’ Newman has helped drive charity fundraising and allowed others in similar situations to himself to achieve speeds they otherwise wouldn’t be able to as well as the freedom of experiencing driving first-hand.