An RNIB Shape and Share session receives a Royal visitor

On 4 February, HRH The Countess of Wessex joined 11 families from across the UK in an RNIB Shape and Share craft session online.   

This special Royal session was not only held to highlight our work and RNIB’s services for children, but it also marked the launch of the charity’s Shape and Share events for 2021.

Anna Tylor, RNIB Chair of Trustees, introduced the virtual event and artist Emily McFarland led everyone through the activities. The families were each set the task of making bird houses, to encourage children to get out into nature and listen for spring birds.

Her Royal Highness praised the creative efforts of the families who took part in the craft session. She said she had enjoyed meeting them all and taking part in the activity: “Hopefully one day we’ll be able to get together and compare what birds have visited our bird boxes.”

Cherie Coyle from Derry, whose 10-year-old daughter, Freya took part, said: “Freya really enjoyed herself and was excited to meet a member of the Royal Family. She had fun decorating her bird house and engaging with the other children who also took part. Freya plans to give her bird house to her Granny!”

RNIB Principal Education Officer, Caireen Sutherland, added: “We are delighted that Her Royal Highness was able to join us for what was a very engaging and entertaining session. RNIB Shape and Share events are open to families throughout the UK so we would encourage anyone interested to get involved.”

Shape and Share events

RNIB Shape and Share events are aimed at encouraging children and young people with vision impairment to make new friends, try new things, and engage in some much-needed fun. These events are being offered virtually throughout February to April in response to the latest UK coronavirus restrictions. Check out the full list of RNIB Shape and Share events.