The joy and over-indulgence of Christmas may feel like a distant memory, and winter seems like it's stretching ahead like an interminable blur of short days and frosty mornings but here's a great excuse to shake off the January blues for a good cause.
To celebrate Louis Braille's revolutionary communication system for blind and partially sighted people, which uses a series of raised dots, RNIB, the leading sight loss charity, is encouraging people to 'go dotty' to help support people with sight loss in the area.
There are lots of ways for individuals, schools and workplaces to 'go dotty' from dressing in polka dots for the day, having a dotty cake sale or something truly dotty like bathing in a tub of baked beans.
It couldn't be easier to organise your own Dotty Day, choose a date and visit our Dotty Days webpage for lots of fun fundraising ideas and everything you need to make your event a huge success.
There are estimated to be two million people affected by sight loss in the UK, and every penny you raise will go towards the vital work RNIB does in promoting and supporting the independence and inclusion of blind and partially sighted people.
Emma Long, fundraising manager for RNIB, said; "Sight loss can strike anyone at any time and every single day in the UK around 100 people will be given the devastating news that they are losing their sight. RNIB is the leading charity working in the UK offering practical support, advice and information for anyone with sight difficulties but we couldn't do this work without our fantastic supporters. By taking part in your own Dotty Day you will be making a vital contribution whilst having great fun at the same time."
To find out more about Dotty Days and RNIB, or register for your free fundraising materials, visit our Dotty Days webpage or please call 01733 375244.