Reading for the sight-impaired

THIS year, Read for RNIB Day takes place on Friday, October 11 and the leading sight loss charity is encouraging people to get involved by holding a fun reading-themed event such as a book sale, literary lunch, story sleepover or reading relay to raise money to help blind and partially sighted people.

Blind and partially sighted people face a significantly limited choice of books; latest statistics reveal that only seven per cent of all books are fully accessible. RNIB is committed to making sure people with sight loss have access to the same range of books as everyone else.

Through its National Library Service, the charity produces and distributes more than 1.5 million books every year in accessible formats such as Braille, unabridged audio and giant print. RNIB also works closely with publishers and the eBook industry.

To find out more about Read for RNIB Day, or register for your free fundraising pack, visit www.readforrrnib.org.uk or call 0845 345 0054.

AMANDA MENDZIL

Regional Fundraising Manager London & South East

RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People)