Become a Joy Maker this Christmas
By joining our team of Joy Makers, you could help children with vision impairment feel included in the festive magic with an accessible Letter from Santa this Christmas.
Head Joy Maker, Keira, wants you to join her team
“Hi! My name’s Keira - I’m Head Joy Maker, and this year I’m on a mission to help even more children like me, with vision impairment, feel included in all the festive magic.
“I used to feel left out at Christmas – until the year everything changed! I got my first accessible Letter from Santa, and unlike most letters, this one was in braille, and I could read it without Mum’s help! I finally felt included – it was so magical.
“So many children are still missing out. But with you on our team of Joy Makers, we can make magic together! We can send more letters than ever and make sure every child with vision impairment feels included this Christmas.”
Help send an accessible Letter from Santa
RNIB's elves help Santa send accessible letters from the North Pole to children with vision impairment right across the UK. These letters come in braille, large print or audio, depending on the child's preferred format.
For some, opening an accessible Letter from Santa is the best part of Christmas; it helps children with vision impairment feel as much a part of the Christmas magic as their friends and families do.
With your help, we can let the joy in for more children this Christmas.
The difference a Letter from Santa makes to Mathilda and Charlie
Mathilda and Charlie’s story
Siblings Mathilda and Charlie, aged 8 and 7, know just what it feels like to be left out at Christmas. They both have aniridia, an eye condition which means they can’t see detail at more than a foot away. Mathilda and Charlie love Christmas, particularly spending time with family, writing letters to Santa and visiting London to see the Christmas lights. But lots of other Christmas festivities make them feel left out. Traditions like pantomimes, carol services and school plays are so inaccessible, making them feel pushed to the edge.
Receiving their very first large print Letter from Santa this Christmas will mean so much to Mathilda and Charlie. It will show them that they don’t have to feel excluded and they can feel the joy of Christmas, just like their friends.
Help send an accessible Letter from Santa to more children like Mathilda and Charlie so that they can feel included in the joy of Christmas.