At the age of 12 Jake Coles went from fully sighted to blind in just six weeks after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. Here, he shares his story and how RNIB helped him:
"I was recovering from a course of chemotherapy when I heard about RNIB. I was feeling very low, and my family was in shock, we didn’t know what we were going to do. I was heartbroken too, thinking that I might never do "normal" things or go outside on my own again.
"RNIB put us in touch with others who’d been through the same thing. For my parents, it was talking to someone on the Helpline who understood what they were going through.
"RNIB also trained me to use a cane, so that I could go out on my own, and showed me how to use Bumpons to help me with things like cooking. I’ve also learned braille and how to use screen readers that make studying much easier.
"Thanks to your support, RNIB have helped me with all the practical things I need to live my life to the full. Now, 10 years later, I'm doing everything a 22-year-old should."
All of these things are possible because of the kindness and generosity of our supporters. By playing the raffle you could contribute towards counselling to help someone come to terms with losing their sight, you could help to keep the RNIB Helpline running and you could help someone with sight loss get the support they need to use canes, Bumpons and screen-readers.
£5 could help us to be there for a blind or partially sighted person when they contact our Helpline. This could be their first interaction with RNIB, and from here, they could be offered a range of support and services.
£12 could pay for a 30 minute session with a sight loss adviser, helping someone cope with the impact of finding out that they are losing their sight.
£28 could provide free Talking Books to two people for a month, so that they can relax with a great read.