Help Kevin plant seeds of hope

My name is Kevin Smith. I’m a keen gardener, but everything changed when I lost my sight nearly 20 years ago.

My sight loss was caused by an inflammation to the blood vessels in my head, which damaged my optic nerve.

I was working as a bus inspector when my left eye went overnight. 10 years later, the other eye went and I lost my job. It was such a shock. I sort of gave up on everything.

Then I found out about RNIB and they helped me in so many ways. I received support from their Helpline and went on a Living with Sight Loss course, where I got all sorts of useful advice.

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When I told RNIB about my love for gardening, they put me touch with Thrive, a charity that helps people with disabilities through gardening. I got an NVQ in Horticulture and even won an award at the Chelsea Flower Show!

Thanks to RNIB, my life has changed again. I’ve found my confidence and realised that I do have potential.

I’ve just moved into a new place with a huge garden and I’m going to make my mark!

RNIB needs your support to keep these services going and to reach more blind and partially sighted people.  Please can you help plant seeds of hope by giving a gift today?