‘Mid Ulster Community RNIB Talking Book Challenge’ launches this week!

Post date: 
Thursday, 29 November 2018
Northern Ireland
Alerian Taggert from The Mill Court holds sign with Jackie Cotton from RNIB

Jackie Cotton, RNIB NI’s Community Access Support Worker for the Mid Ulster area launches the ‘Mid Ulster Community RNIB Talking Book Challenge’ this week, and the Mill Court Bar and Restaurant in Coalisland is the first local organisation to pledge their support.

Jackie said, “I’ve noticed a rise in the number of people using RNIB’s Talking Books (audio books) service over the past two years.  In fact, there’s been a whopping 38 percent increase, meaning that many more blind and partially sighted people throughout Mid Ulster have started to enjoy books.”

“Only a selection of books are produced in Braille, large print and audio and unlike commercial audio books, RNIB’s Talking Books are free and often described as a lifeline for blind and partially sighted people who feel isolated.  They’re also a great way for families of a child, parent or grandparent with sight loss to make treasured memories reading stories together.”

“We’ve provided our Talking Books to blind and partially sighted children and adults for over 80 years, and in the last two years the number using the service has increased, from 1,083 to 1,495 people across NI (UK: 44,000).”

“It costs between £1500 - £2500 to record a new book for the library.  We’re asking ten organisations to take part in the ‘Mid Ulster Community RNIB Talking Book Challenge’.  If each supporter raises just £250 as part of the challenge, we could produce one adult book for our library, to be enjoyed by thousands of people with sight loss for many years.”

Alerian Taggert from The Mill Court said, “The management and staff are privileged to be part of Mid Ulster RNIB Talking Book Challenge with RNIB and we look forward to seeing how much Mid-Ulster can raise.”

There are lots of ways to support the Mid Ulster Community RNIB Talking Book Challenge.  Supporters can host a Tea for RNIB, organise an In The Dark event or even involve children by holding a Dots Raise Lots activity and it’s a great way to teach them about the senses too.  All of our Dots Raise Lots activities fit with the Northern Ireland curriculum and it’s Louis Braille’s birthday in January, a perfect time for Dots!

If you have a fundraising idea or been inspired to join Mid Ulster Community Talking Book Challenge, please contact Jackie Cotton or Hazel Stirling on 028 9033 4123 or visit rnib.org.uk/sponsortalkingbooks

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