Music legend Dolly Parton took time out of her UK tour to present a braille book to youngster Dylan Manifold.
Dylan, five, from Liverpool was born with septo-optic dysplasia which means he has no sight except for a slight light perception.
The presentation was in celebration of the country star’s childhood literacy programme Imagination Library. Parton launched the UK Imagination Library in December 2007 which provides free books for children.
The braille copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit was the one millionth book to be delivered through the UK Imagination Library programme. The presentation also marked the start of a new partnership with RNIB and the UK Imagination Library. RNIB will deliver six free braille or audio books each year to blind and partially sighted children.
Parton said: “It’s great to be here in the UK to make this very special delivery to Dylan and his parents. I’m so excited that the 28,000 children who receive a book each month from the UK Imagination Library can now be joined by blind and partially sighted children thanks to our new partnership with RNIB. Now even more kids have the opportunity to develop a love of books from the earliest possible age.”
RNIB’s Head of Digital and Reading Services, Clive Gardiner, added: "Books open up a world of adventure and education for children and their families, and RNIB is committed to making sure children who are blind or partially sighted can enjoy the same opportunities as their friends and classmates."
RNIB’s National Library Services and Talking Books would not be possible without the generous support of members of the public. You can support RNIB’s work by signing up to "wear dots and raise lots" as part of the RNIB Read event in October.