Actor Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) has continued his support for this year’s Read for RNIB Day campaign with a signed letter to the editors of newspapers up and down the country. Christopher has previously taken time out of his busy schedule to lend his voice to the Read for RNIB Day exclusive performance of “Now That You’ve Died” at the Camden Roundhouse.
Following the recent success of Richard Madeley’s letter to the editor on behalf of Read for RNIB Day, it is hoped that Christopher’s profile as a Hollywood regular can help build further awareness of our signature fundraising campaign.
In the UK there are almost two million people who are blind or partially sighted. The sad fact is their choice of books is significantly limited, just seven per cent of all books are fully accessible to them.
That’s why I am supporting Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) Read for RNIB Day on October 11 as I believe that reading should be a right and not a luxury.
I find it hard to imagine what my life would be like without being able to read books and scripts or enjoy a bedtime story with my little boy. For many blind and partially sighted people, reading is even more important, it can be a lifeline.
RNIB’s National Library Service sends out millions of books in braille, giant print and in talking book audio format every year. It’s a service that thousands of blind and partially sighted people rely on and your support could make all the difference. Just £10 helps a parent continue to cook for their children with RNIB’s range of giant print cookery books while £70 will enable a person with sight loss to enjoy talking books for a whole year.
So, join us to celebrate the joy of reading and whether it’s a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, book sale or sponsored reading relay, every penny you raise will fund RNIB’s vital reading services for blind and partially sighted adults and children.
To find out more, simply call 0845 345 0054 or visit www.readforrnib.org.uk