Media releases 2014

Read our latest media releases.

For more information our Public Relations team is available between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Latest media releases

Help RNIB deliver 'first-class' services for blind and partially sighted people this Christmas

5 December 2014 | Charity launches annual Christmas Stamp Appeal to raise much-needed funds to help blind and partially sighted people.

New technology to help blind and partially sighted children to keep up with their peers

3 December 2014 | Advances in mainstream technology are providing a level playing field for blind and partially sighted children, according to new research carried out by leading sight loss charities.

Blind and partially sighted 11 year olds twice as likely to be bullied at school

3 December 2014 | Children with vision impairment are at increased risk of bullying warn two leading sight loss charities.

Blindness feared more than Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and heart disease

26 November 2014 | New research by RNIB reveals 44 per cent of UK adults said they feared losing their sight more than any other long-term health condition.

Blind opera singer releases album to help raise money for sight loss charity

17 November 2014 | Elizabeth Capener, 33, a blind soprano from London has released her first opera album and will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

RNIB response to Voter Engagement in the UK report

14 November 2014 | RNIB welcomes the recommendations around disabled people contained in the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee's 'Voter Engagement in the UK' report.

Find the perfect Christmas gifts for your loved ones

12 November 2014 | Finding thoughtful and appropriate gifts for elderly relatives or those with a disability can be tricky. RNIB’s online shop has a wide range of fun gifts and practical gadgets for people of all ages.

Celebrities get behind #loveyoureyes campaign to raise awareness of sight loss

3 November 2014 | Celebrities including Amy Childs, Stephanie Pratt, Vicky Pattison, Jasmin Walia and Maria Fowler have given their support to a brand new campaign which aims to make sure young people are looking after their eyes properly.

The Book People raise £13,000 to support blind and partially sighted people

31st October 2014 | Four new Talking Books for blind and partially sighted children and young people have been produced by RNIB thanks to a donation of more than £13,000 from independent bookseller The Book People.

Rachel Riley wears dots to raise lots

1st October 2014 | Countdown star, Rachel Riley, launches RNIB Readto help make more books accessible for blind and partially sighted people.

RNIB and Oxford University project wins Google's UK Impact Challenge

14 August 2014 | Smart glasses which help blind and partially sighted people to 'see' have been chosen by the public as one of the winners at the final of the Google Impact Challenge 2014.

Channel 4 Dispatches

11 August 2014 | Our statement regarding the Channel 4’s Dispatches programme which looked at the topic of telephone fundraising at telephone fundraising agency Pell and Bales.

RNIB and Oxford University 'smart glasses' shortlisted in Google's £3.2million UK Impact Challenge

18 July 2014 | Public urged to vote for the glasses to win the people's choice award. A project to develop smart glasses which help blind and partially sighted people to 'see' shapes and obstacles has been revealed as one of the 10 finalists of the 2014 Google Impact Challenge.

Dolly Parton presents braille book to blind child

11 June 2014 | Music legend Dolly Parton took time out of her UK tour to present a braille book to 5-year-old Dylan Manifold from Liverpool to mark the new partnership between RNIB and Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

The 'Mind's Eye' Garden wins the BBC/RHS People's Choice Award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

23 May 2014 | RNIB and leading residential property developer Countryside are delighted to have received the BBC/RHS People's  Choice Award following their earlier accolades of Gold Medal and the award for Best Fresh Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Newly blind left to cope alone

14 April 2014 | Tens of thousands of people in the UK are not being offered the vital emotional and practical support they need when they start to go blind. Research by RNIB has found that only 218 of more than 400 eye clinics and hospitals in the UK (53 per cent) have any support staff available to patients to talk to after their diagnosis.
A new report released by RNIB, 'Hanging by a thread', also reveals just how precarious funding is for existing sight loss adviser roles as many of the services have no guaranteed funding after April 2015.

Shake off the winter blues by going dotty for a good cause

28 January 2014 | 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.

Steve McCabe MP gets a glimpse of the difficulties blind people face every day

28 January 2014 | Steve McCabe MP met with local blind and partially sighted campaigners in Birmingham to understand the challenges people with sight loss face in their daily lives. Mr McCabe visited Focus Birmingham, a local society for people with sight loss, and was challenged to try certain aids and adaptations which help blind and partially sighted people remain independent.

Donate now

Right now we can only reach one in three of the people who need our help most. Please make a donation and help us support more blind and partially sighted people.

Donate now