9 January 2017
Charities merge to radically improve life chances of blind and partially sighted children and young people.
- The Royal London Society for Blind People and Royal Society for Blind Children have merged as of 1 January 2017.
- The merger will allow the charity to fulfil its mission that “no child should grow up to be poor or lonely just because they are blind.”
Two of the UK’s oldest sight loss charities have merged to become the Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC). With effect from 1 January 2017, the full merger represents a landmark moment for the sector. It allows the charity to forge ahead with its plans to grow its services on a national scale and fulfil its mission that “no child should grow up to be poor or lonely just because they are blind.”
There are an estimated 22,000 blind and partially sighted children and young people in England and Wales. Ninety per cent of those diagnosed with sight loss in youth won’t work for more than six months of their lives and an estimated 70 per cent are living on the poverty line.
After forming an alliance in 2014, the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) and RSBC will now conduct all its operations under the same name, making clear its position in the sector as a charity focused on childhood sight loss and its negative impact on life chances.
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