Listen Again: RNIB on search for talking book sponsors

Reading is something that many of us take for granted, but it is such an important part of everyday life. Could you imagine not being able to pick up a new book or read an old favourite?

Listen Again: On Thursday (19th January), Geoff was joined by Carol from RNIB Cy to talk about their ‘Sponsor a Talking Book’ fundraising drive.

Geoff Selby with Carol from RNIB Cymru

For many people, they are unable to enjoy books due to sight loss. Now, thanks to RNIB’s (Royal National Institute of Blind People) Talking Books service, sight loss doesn’t have to mean losing access to the world of books.

The Talking Books service has revolutionised reading for people with sight loss since it launched in 1935 to help soldiers who had been blinded in the First World War, and it continues to provide more than one million audio books every year, free of charge.

To help support the project, RNIB has launched its ‘Sponsor a Talking Book’ fundraising drive which aims to raise £1m to produce hundreds of new accessible books and give thousands more blind and partially sighted people the gift of reading.

It’s really easy to make a difference. Simply create a JustGiving page, select your fundraising total – £2,500 for an adult book and £1,500 for a children’s book – and as you carry out activities, watch your total rise! Once you’ve hit your target you can even add a personal dedication to your chosen book.

Graham, a former BBC Producer and Reporter, has had glaucoma for a number of years. He can differentiate between light and shade, but can’t really define objects.

His grandson Edward is three and a half, and his life has spanned the period of Graham’s sight loss. He started losing his sight a month before Edward was born. Having read to various generations of their family Graham found he was really missing that with Edward. Watch the film and learn how sharing a Talking Book together changed their future story.

For more information or to sponsor a Talking Book, simply visit www.rnib.org.uk/sponsortalkingbooks

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