East Lothian man’s record-breaking drive in rally car round race circuit blindfolded to raise money for eye research

11 April 2018
Source: RNIB Scotland

East Lothian man John Playfair hopes to raise money for research into the eye condition that is robbing him of his sight by racing a rally car blindfolded. John (61) has completed a daring lap of the circuit at Knockhill race circuit in Fife today [Wednesday, April 11th] with his vision completely obscured, guided around the track by his daughter

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Edinburgh woman Rachel Freeman is gearing up to complete the 2018 London Marathon on April 22nd in aid of sight loss charity RNIB.

12 March 2018
Source: RNIB Scotland

The 50 year-old was inspired by a childhood fascination with Louis Braille, inventor of the raised dots touch-alphabet, and American activist Helen Keller, the first woman ever to graduate with a degree despite being deaf-blind. “I don’t have a moving personal story of adversity being defeated through perseverance, or a close relative or friend who is partially sighted or blind,”

Read more Edinburgh woman Rachel Freeman is gearing up to complete the 2018 London Marathon on April 22nd in aid of sight loss charity RNIB.

RNIB Scotland: Edinburgh woman to do all four Kiltwalks to raise funds for books for the blind

26 February 2018
Source: RNIB Scotland

An Edinburgh woman who has sight loss is to embark on all four Kiltwalks in Scotland to raise funds for audio-books for the blind. Annette West from Leith has macular degeneration, the most common cause of visual impairment in Britain, which erodes the central vision of the eye. The Kiltwalks allow anyone to raise funds for the charities and causes

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Scotland’s new welfare benefits system will ‘fall at the first hurdle’ if information is not accessible to all, warns sight loss charity

2 February 2018

Moves to ensure blind and partially sighted people get information about welfare benefits in formats such as audio or braille received a boost yesterday when MSPs backed an amendment to the Welfare and the Social Security (Scotland) Bill by sight loss charity RNIB Scotland. The charity says it welcomed the devolution of eleven key disability benefits – including disability living

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Sight loss charity RNIB welcomes Highland Council’s second thoughts on ‘shared spaces’

12 December 2017
Source: RNIB Scotland

Sight loss charity RNIB Scotland has welcomed a decision by Highland Council to reconsider moves to make Castle Wynd in Inverness a ‘shared space’. Under the original plans, the area would have been levelled with pedestrians and drivers all using the same thoroughfare. However, RNIB Scotland, along with a number of other national and local disability groups, said this would

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RNIB Scotland: Brotherly love inspires Broughty Ferry woman’s fundraising for books for the blind

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

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The Edinburgh Reporter: Author Ian Rankin urges Scots to have an eye test

20 September 2017
Source: The Edinburgh Reporter

Author Ian Rankin who is a great supporter of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) urges people across Scotland to have an eye test. 35% of Scots admit that they have eyes issues which they have not told their optician about, things such as black spots or being dazzled by bright lights. Just over one fifth have not

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RNIB SCOTLAND invited GLASGOW CITY COUNCILLORS to do a short walk across a mock-up of a cycleway in George Square wearing spectacles that simulate sight loss conditions.

30 August 2017
Source: RNIB Scotland

Radical proposals to transform the area around Sauchiehall Street risk barring blind and partially sighted people from the centre of Glasgow, the country’s leading sight loss charity is warning. Glasgow City Council has approved plans to renovate the city’s landmark thoroughfare. But RNIB Scotland is challenging a proposal to locate a busy cycleway between the pavement and bus-stops, calling it

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VISION 2020 UK hosts DAA webinar on Dementia and Sight Loss

17 August 2017
Source: VISION 2020 UK

On Thursday 20th August VISION 2020 UK hosted a webinar on Dementia and Sight loss as members of the Dementia Action Alliance. Matt Broom is the CEO of VISION 2020 UK, and June Neil is the UK Training and Development Manager (Older People with complex needs) at the RNIB (The Royal National Institute of Blind People). They spoke on issues around

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RNIB Scotland: Connor hits a six to raise funds for a ‘talking book’ for the blind!

15 August 2017
Source: RNIB Scotland

Six year-old Connor Quinn from Peebles has raised over £250 towards publishing a ‘talking book’ for people who are blind and partially sighted – hot on the heels of big sister Ciara (aged seven) who last month raised £420 for the same cause! Both children used their age as the theme for their activities. Connor held a bake sale selling

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