Since 2018, players of the People’s Postcode Lottery have raised an incredible £4 million to support our vital work.
Players are helping us change society and smash the barriers faced by blind and partially sighted people.
On this page find out about the impact they have had; read about Hazel - one of the people who has been helped by these funds - and learn more about the award-winning RNIB Connect Radio, which is supported by players of the People's Postcode Lottery.
Hazel, who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, was driving a car when she noticed her vision had become blurry: "I had difficulty looking at traffic signs. I went into a local optician and they informed me that I needed to see a specialist."
She was diagnosed with Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy, Band Keratopathy and Macular Hole. Hazel got in touch with RNIB after her first operation: "I realised that I was struggling to do simple things. I could not even walk home on my own. RNIB has been incredibly helpful during this difficult period. After attending an RNIB Living Well with Sight Loss course, I had an idea to organise my own social group for people with visual impairment in Corstorphine (in Edinburgh)."
She explains: "I felt that I lost my voice when I was diagnosed with visual impairment. By setting up a social group with the support from RNIB, I get to help others and I found my voice again in the process."
Hazel adds: “I would encourage anyone to get involved and volunteer for RNIB. The charity has made a lot of difference for people with sight loss. I would advise anyone who has been affected with visual impairment to reach out to RNIB and accept the help that they offer. RNIB will always be there if you ever need help.”
Funds generated by players of the People's Postcode Lottery go to support RNIB Connect Radio, which broadcasts 24 hours a day and can found on Freeview 730 and online, is one of the easiest ways to access a range of information and entertaining shows for blind and partially sighted people. Since March 2020, it has broadcast a daily coronavirus update show, which runs from 10am until 12pm and is repeated at 4pm-6pm, includes important updates about RNIB services and plans and how people are supporting each other as they face new daily challenges.
Exiled from their studio during lockdowns, the radio team has found some innovative new ways to record output, explains station manager Yvonne Milne.
"Our team are even recording interviews under the stairs, in their bedrooms and under duvets," she says. "At a time when they might feel particularly isolated, RNIB Connect Radio is a reassuring voice that tells blind and partially sighted people they are not alone."
RNIB Connect Radio is about news but it is also about entertainment and the station has won a silver prize in the Sony Radio Academy Awards and praise for producing "some of the most moving and well-produced human-interest content the judges had heard in a long time".
As well as via Freeview 730 and online, you can find RNIB Connect Radio through smart devices e.g. by saying: "Alexa listen to RNIB Connect Radio"