The ‘Valli Rally’ is set to return for its 10-year anniversary on September 23 2023 in order to raise money to help those who are visually impaired.

Valli Opticians, founded in Huddersfield, will be hosting a seven-mile walk between three of its stores in order to raise money for Kirklees-based charity Outlookers.

The charity walk, known as the ‘Valli Rally’, will begin and end at the company’s branch in Meltham.

Moin Valli, managing director at Valli and vice-chair at Outlookers, said: “Valli Rally is one of our most important events of the year and is always very well attended.

“Whether you enter your whole family, join up individually, or want to enter a team from your workplace, we can guarantee fun and a great sense of camaraderie along the route.

“With the generous help of our key sponsors Hoya and Optegra, we are hoping to raise £8,500 this year.”

Since being founded in 2008, Outlookers – formerly known as KVIN – have run support services for people with visual impairments.

As a member-led organisation, their aim is to enhance the lives of those who are visually impaired through peer support and technology aid as well as breaking down stereotypes surrounding people with vision loss.

They offer emotional support and friendship and also provide training, helping people with visual impairments learn how to confidently use and make the most of technology such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home and various apps for phones and tablets.

CEO of Outlookers Mark Owen said: “The Valli Rally is our largest annual fundraising event. It’s a great opportunity to get out into the Kirklees countryside as well as supporting the local sight loss charity.”

Outlookers founder and chair of trustees David Quarmby added: “Funds raised from the Valli Rally help us keep up to date with developing technology that benefits blind and partially sighted people. This is essential as this allows us to do more things independently.”

The last Valli Rally had over 100 people signing up and Valli raised £8,000 for Outlookers. Mr Valli is now calling for even more individuals and businesses to get involved and sign up for the walk.

You can register or donate on the event’s JustGiving page.