23 November 2017
Source: RNIB Scotland
Moira Gee from Broughty Ferry didn’t have to think twice when selecting which new audio-book for blind and partially sighted people she wanted her fundraising efforts to sponsor – she chose one by her brother Gordon Anthony, who has sight loss himself.
In a blitz of fundraising activity throughout the past year, Moira has raised £4,320 for the charity RNIB to produce two new ‘talking’ books, one for adults and one for children.
She is absolutely delighted to be adding her brother Gordon’s first (?) novel, ‘Hunting Icarus’, to the RNIB library. Gordon, who lives in Livingston, was a Bank of Scotland branch manager for many years until he lost his sight in 2008. He then embarked on a new career writing historical fiction and has had over a dozen titles published.
Moira organised a book quiz, a bingo night, a Billy Connolly tribute-act (‘The Other Big Yin’), a car-boot sale and took part in the Kiltwalk in Dundee. Her local Bank of Scotland branch in Broughty Ferry also hosted a fundraising day for her – which included a bake-sale and lucky squares board – and generously match-funded everything she raised.
Moira said: “I’d like to thank everyone who helped in any way at all in raising the funds. I’m overwhelmed by people’s generosity. We had a lot of fun thinking up ideas for all sorts of different events. I say ‘we’ because my mum was alongside me at every single one of my fundraisers – often arriving at the venue before I did!
“My target was £2,500 for one RNIB Talking Book but there’s enough to record a children’s book as well and some left over, which I’m going to donate to the Haggeye youth forum which brings together young people living with sight loss in Scotland.
“I arranged the fundraising, mum and my other brother, Stuart, proof-read Gordon’s books for him. Stuart also deals with a lot of the technical side of the publishing. Gordon’s son, Phil, has designed a few of the book covers. All in all, it’s been a real family affair, and being involved with RNIB talking books has been a privilege and a great pleasure.”
Angela Preston, fundraising manager for RNIB Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be able to add Gordon’s book to the library, thanks to Moira’s terrific efforts throughout the year. She has been a pleasure to support. Audio books can be an absolute lifeline for many blind and partially sighted people, but RNIB depends very much on the support of the public to be able to produce these.”
‘Hunting Icarus’, is set in Iraq during 1917 and covers the conflict in the air. “It’s rather different from my usual books but it’s a project I’ve been working on for a couple of years,” says Gordon, who lost his sight to the condition retinitis pigmentosa in his 40s.
“I always wanted to write a story about the First World War, especially the aviation aspect which has always fascinated me. However, I wanted to make my story a little different, so I set this one in Iraq, where the fighting was just as ferocious and deadly as anything on the Western Front, but is little remembered now.”
** For more about Gordon Anthony’s books – http://www.gordonanthony.net/about.html
For further information, please contact Ian Brown at RNIB Scotland on 0131 652 3164 or 07918 053 952.