This World Book Day on March 1, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is asking Londoners to raise funds to help bring more books to people living with sight loss in the UK.
For more than 80 years, RNIB’s Talking Books service has helped create a lifeline to the outside world for blind and partially-sighted people.
With more than one million audiobooks sent to customers every year, the charity is aiming to add to the titles in its library by asking people to Sponsor a Talking Book.
Emily Davison, 23, from Lee Green, is one of the many people who has benefited from RNIB’s Talking Books. She was born with septo-optic dysplasia and nystagmus, and has been an avid user of Talking Books since she was a child.
Emily, who runs the Fashioneyesta blog and YouTube channel, dreams of one day becoming a children’s author. She is currently working towards a Masters in children’s literature, and puts her love of reading and career aspirations down to Talking Books.
She said: “We first got in touch with RNIB when my mum made an enquiry about books in accessible formats. The rest, as they say, is history.
“The Talking Books service really sparked my passion for books and reading and has been a lifeline ever since I was a child.
“I know first-hand the benefits of Talking Books, and would encourage everyone to get involved this World Book Day and sponsor a talking book.”
Becca McRow, community products fundraising manager at RNIB, said: “By pledging to sponsor a talking book this World Book Day you could help bring the gift of reading to more people living with sight loss than ever before. Individuals, communities and businesses can get involved and help us expand our library so that blind and partially-sighted people can enjoy the same books as everyone else.”
To register to sponsor a talking book and support RNIB, visit: