Andrea Begley joins RNIB as an ambassador for the sight loss charity in Northern Ireland

Post date: 
Monday, 20 July 2015
Category: 
Northern Ireland
Family on giant swing

RNIB NI are proud to announce Andrea Begley as our new ambassador here in Northern Ireland.

Andrea, who won ‘The Voice UK’ in 2013, is a well-known local personality and recording artist from Co. Tyrone.  She is also an active RNIB NI committee member and a long term supporter of our charity’s work here throughout Northern Ireland.

As a child Andrea was diagnosed with Glaucoma, an eye condition that affects pressure within the eye.  As a result, in her own words, Andrea now has approximately 10 per cent vision remaining.

Watch our video, in which Andrea sets out her motives for becoming an ambassador for our charity and describes her own personal sight loss journey.

Speaking about her role as RNIB NI ambassador, Andrea said: "I’m absolutely delighted to be an ambassador for RNIB in Northern Ireland.  I’ve always had an interest and passion for issues around sight loss and I think there are still huge barriers and hurdles facing people with sight loss living in today’s society.  In recent times, I’ve got more involved with the RNIB NI Children and Families service team.  Growing up as a young person with sight loss, I know first-hand, the challenges and problems you can experience.  I’m really looking forward to what being an ambassador for RNIB NI will bring.”

More about our Children and Families service

We recently approached Andrea to support our work here in Northern Ireland, with a particular focus on our Children and Families service.
At present we support eight hundred children and their families affected by sight loss, but the need for our support is always increasing. Last year over one hundred new families contacted our Children and Families service for emotional and practical support.  Andrea feels extremely passionate about mobilising support for these young people and their families across Northern Ireland through her new role as RNIB NI ambassador.  
 
In the past number of years, Andrea has worked with our Children and Families service.  As our guest speaker at the launch of our publication ‘Looking ahead: a parent’s guide’ for parents of children who are blind or partially sighted in Belfast City Hall.
 
Director of RNIB NI, David Galloway said: “For some years now Andrea has gone to great lengths to support and promote our work with people living with sight loss in NI; first as a volunteer and enthusiastic campaigner and now as a member of the RNIB Northern Ireland committee.  I know I speak for my team of staff and volunteers when I say how thrilled we are that Andrea has agreed to publicly support our work and I look forward to working alongside her now and in the future.”
 
Over the next two years, Andrea will also lend her support to other elements of our charity’s activities such as fundraising, public engagements, promoting key campaigns and influencing public representatives.  Her vital work as an ambassador for the charity is integral to our ambition of making every day better for everyone affected by sight loss.

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We’re RNIB and we’re here for everyone affected by sight loss.
If you or someone you know is affected by sight loss, contact us on 028 9032 9373 or email us at [email protected]
 
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