Sponsor a Talking Book

Will you help change the story?

You can help to end isolation for blind and partially sighted people with the freedom to read again. By registering to Sponsor a Talking Book you can give a lifeline to someone locally with sight loss.

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Talking Books are a lifeline

Can you imagine your life without sight? How would you cope, how would you live your life?

Can you imagine no longer being able to read your favourite book, your weekly magazine or your daily newspaper? Think of the sense of isolation and loneliness that losing your eyesight would bring to your life.

Every 15 minutes someone begins to lose their sight. Right now there are 2 million people living with sight loss in the UK. For over 80 years, RNIB’s Talking Books service has helped create a lifeline to the outside world for blind and partially sighted people in the UK.

How to Sponsor a Talking Book

How would you like to change someone’s life and sponsor a Talking Book? To deliver each new Talking Book we need to raise:

  • £2,500 for an adult book
  • £1,500 for a children’s book

We have lots of tips to help you hit your chosen target, and you will be surprised at how quickly your total will rise. You could raise this money with family, friends or colleagues. How about getting ten local businesses in your town to all agree to raise £250 and you will then have sponsored a Talking Book as a community!

The exciting part is that once you’ve hit your target a personal dedication can also be added to the book, which will then be there for evermore!

Register your interest today, and we will be in touch with more information.  You can help the thousands of people who have escaped loneliness and isolation, once again find their freedom through the magic of Talking Books.

Changing Graham’s story

Graham, a former BBC Producer and Reporter, has had glaucoma for a number of years. He can differentiate between light and shade, but can’t really define objects.

“When I found out that my sight wasn’t going to recover, I found that quite frightening, quite daunting really. I lost a great deal, I was a great reader. Apart from anything else I had been, in my working life, a journalist, and I devoured books. The Talking Book service for me is an absolute lifeline.”

His grandson Edward is three and a half, and his life has spanned the period of Graham’s sight loss. He started losing his sight a month before Edward was born. Having read to various generations of their family Graham found he was really missing that with Edward. 

“It really meant something to me, being able to listen to it with him. There’s a whole new world opening up for the both of us in listening to Talking Books. I would just hope that people could give the gift of reading and sponsor a Talking Book.”

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Any questions?

If you have any questions, please email us at fundraising@rnib.org.uk or call us on 0345 345 0054 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).