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Tis the season to be jolly! - Paul's Latest Blog

Founder Paul Nicol embarks on his own personal blog, taking the readers on his journey from diagnosis of a sight losing disease through to the present day as he strives to make the home of gift experiences for disabled people a success in the midst of tough economic times.

Hello Blog readers,

Well it's been a while since I last wrote a blog post and it feels kind of odd to have left it so long!

What's been happening?

The last time I wrote a blog post, I think was off the back of Sight Village, which would have been around mid November. Since that time it's been pretty busy here at the Home of Gift Experiences. At this time of year, I am discovering that there is a dip in the experiences that are actually being done, as so many of them are outside, many people choose to stay indoors and let's be honest, with Snow and ice, who can blame them!

However, as you might imagine, this is the time of year that people tend to buy gifts for friends and family and it's great to see people choosing the Home of Gift Experiences for Disabled People! We've been working hard to generate traffic to our website, so you may well spot our adverts on Facebook, Google Ad's as well as competition prizes in various places.

What's next....

Well, thus far our focus has primarily been on building a catalogue of gift experiences for disabled people. I hope you would agree, it's looking pretty good. The focus going forward is on extending our geographical reach, setting up a fundraising package and making more people aware of us!

Fundraising eh?

Yes, fundraising! No, we're not a charity, but we thought that we should extend the good work that we do and offer people fundraising opportunities! What we want to do is encourage people with or without disabilities to choose the Home of Gift Experiences for Disabled people to do a Tandem Skydive, Bungee Jump or any of our other activities whilst raising money for charity at the same time. We will be offering the activities for free as long as you raise a minimum amount of money for your chosen charity! Watch this space as we'll be adding a new section to our website soon!

Geographical Reach...

Yup, at the moment, we have a good coverage across the South East of England, we want to extend this across the south and up to the North of England and beyond! If you're reading this and know of a venue that has been particularly accommodating for you in the past, then do let us know, it'd make our life that little bit easier!

Spreading the word....

We need your help with this one. We're advertising on Facebook, Google, we are getting some great coverage in local press and many other outlets, but we need to do more! You can help by becoming a fan on facebook, following us on twitter, putting leaflets in a local leisure centre or simply by mentioning us to anyone that may be interested. 

Blind Supercar Driving Experience

It wouldn't be right of me not to mention our Blind Supercar Driving Experience now would it? We've seen a fantastic response from customers regarding this gift experience and we're setting a date in March 2013. If you know of anyone that may be interested, point them in our direction, places are dwindling, so anyone interested will need to secure their place sharpish!

Personal struggles

I thought i'd just share some of the little struggles i have had of late due to me being blind! Address labels, yes, address labels. I had lost about 5 sheets of A4 labels to the printer over the past couple of weeks and even when they do print, it's quite tricky to know which one of the address labels has the address i need. The result of this was that i got myself a Dymo address label printer. It has the address labels on a roll and prints one address label at a time, sorted!

Facebook advertising, i was able to create myself an advert, but when it came to specifying the geographical location and target categories, it was simply inaccessible. Needless to say, i had to have sighted assistance to set this up, it's a real pain at times! There's more, but i'll save it for another blog!

Final Thought....

My final thoughts have to be of Christmas, it's nearly upon us, less than 3 weeks to go! My 3 year old daughter is pretty excited, the Christmas tree is up (All be it a little lop sided!), the decorations are strategically placed and the stockings are up! Me personally, I’m looking forward to a little rest, some good food, a wee drop of wine and generally spending time with friends and family!

If you still have some Christmas shopping to do, then you're in the right place, be it a present for a loved one or if you're treating yourself, take a look at our range of gift experiences and buy one today!

Stay In Touch

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