London Stock Exchange

Post date: 
Friday, 8 January 2016

The London Stock Exchange welcomed RNIB in opening the markets for the first day of trading in 2016. 

Marc Powell, who works as a corporate partnerships officer at RNIB and is a former judo player that competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, was given the honour of officially opening the markets on Monday 4 January 2016. 

RNIB's participation in LSE's market opening ceremony was seen as an opportunity to explore future fundraising opportunities and encourage businesses to find out more about the employment of people who are blind or partially sighted. 

Joined by Wanda Hamilton, Group Director, Fundraising, Marc opened the markets using a bespoke engraved glass tablet 'key' which was then handed to him as a memento of the day. 

Marc, who is himself partially sighted, said: "I was absolutely thrilled to have opened the first day of trading of 2016 at the London Stock Exchange on behalf of RNIB. 

It was a fantastic opportunity for my colleagues to network with LSE staff. It was also a great chance to encourage businesses and their staff to find out more about employing and working with people who are living with sight loss.

Marc Powell

RNIB supporter Ashish Goyal also attended the event and took the opportunity to speak about his personal journey with sight loss and how this affected his career working as a trader on the world's markets. He is the world's first blind trader and still the only visually impaired person globally in the financial markets. 

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