Dunbar woman is launching a campaign on World Book Day to persuade her home town to raise funds together for audio-books for the blind.
Jackie Brown has sight loss herself due to the eye condition retinitis pigmentosa, and has a guide dog, Annie. She has lived in Dunbar all her life and organised a variety of fundraising activities in the town.
“I’d like Dunbar to be one of the first towns in Scotland to come together as a community and add a new title to the charity RNIB’s Talking Books library,” she said. “I’m an avid Talking Books user myself so I know how much they are valued by people with sight loss.
“If local businesses, community groups, schools and others could raise £250 each we can make sure the two million people with sight loss in Britain can enjoy the same books as everyone else.
“It could be doing anything – pub quizzes, bake-sales, sponsored walks, local lotteries – anything that you, your family, friends or colleagues can do together and have fun.
“Haddington has already started a community drive for Talking Books and Peebles in the Borders has raised over £10,000 since people there began just over a year ago.”
Angela Preston, fundraising manager for RNIB Scotland, welcomed Jackie’s efforts to launch the campaign. “We would really welcome any support that people in Dunbar can give us to add one or more new books to the RNIB library.
“We lend out Talking Books free of charge to anyone who is blind or partially sighted, but it costs us up to £2,500 to professionally narrate and record each one, and up to £1,500 for a children’s one. So we do very much need the help and support of the public.
“Books - whether in audio, braille or large print - are hugely valued by our members with sight loss. For many, especially those who are older, it’s a lifeline, a way of keeping in touch with what’s happening in the outside world.”
To find out more about doing an activity to raise funds for RNIB Talking Books, please call Angela on 07827 872 409 or by emailing [email protected].