Read for RNIB Day 2011

A blind man is led by his guide dog in Brasíli...

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Friday 14th October is Read for RNIB Day 2011 – the aim is to raise funds for the RNIB. Participants can do anything reading related – from organising a book sale or literary lunch to getting the office to dress up as their favourite book characters.

As my contribution to Read for RNIB Day, I will donate £1* to the RNIB for each new subscriber to this blog between now and midnight on Friday October 14th. To sign-up simply put your email address in the box on the right of this page. You will then receive each new post as an email instead of having to visit this website. It is completely free and you can unsubscribe at any time.

I do have a special interest in this charity because I am virtually blind in one eye. It doesn’t affect my life – I can still drive, work, read etc. but it does mean I try not to take my sight for granted and have regular checks at the opticians. 

Blind and partially sighted people can’t enjoy the simple luxury of reading a book without expensive technology. 

So here are some of the things that the money raised by the RNIB will be spent on to help blind people read and write:

  • £50 will pay for a birthday book, so we can send every child their favourite book in the format they want on their birthday.
  • £100 pays for a full day’s recording of Talking Newspapers – audio versions of the daily papers people with sight loss know and love.
  • £125 helps run classes that prepare parents to teach braille to their children.
  • £250 can help buy a braillenote machine, so someone with sight loss can read and write on their own again, rather than relying on others.

So please, stick your email address in the box and help me raise money for the RNIB.  

*My donation will be capped at £20 – in case I get spammed or I’m just more popular than I anticipated!

  1. #1 by Alice on October 3, 2011 - 10:24 pm

    What a lovely idea. I have signed up 🙂

  2. #3 by Bev Morley on October 5, 2011 - 8:27 am

    Hi Sally

    I am already a subscriber, but will send you a donation to pass on anyway – it is such a worthy cause!

    If you email me with your paypal email (or use the contact form on my blog) I will send my contribution over.

  3. #5 by Patsy Collins (@PatsyCollins) on October 5, 2011 - 4:59 pm

    Both my grandmothers had very poor eyesight towards the end of their lives, so I don’t take having the use of my eyes for granted.

    I’m already subscribed, but don’t want the RNIB to lose out on a donation. There’s one of their shops in town, so I’ll pop in and make a contribution.

    • #6 by Sally Jenkins on October 6, 2011 - 12:03 pm

      Thanks very much, Patsy – that’s a very kind deed!

  4. #7 by Rob Innis on October 12, 2011 - 4:46 pm

    Great cause and a great idea, well done you.

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