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Chance to help everyone have the right to read

Imagine what your life would be like if you were denied the right to read?

For my wife Judy and me, it would be simply intolerable.

Unfortunately, it's a reality for the almost 46,000 blind and partially sighted people in Northern Ireland.

There are almost two million people living with sight loss in the whole of the UK.

They face a considerably limited choice of titles in formats they can access.

My wife Judy, who is a fellow book lover, has undergone four eye operations due to a detached retina.

Although this has affected her sight, thankfully she's still able to read the books she loves.

Currently, only 7% of all books are fully accessible to blind and partially sighted people and that's why we're supporting this year's Read for RNIB Day on Friday, October 11.

Royal National Institute of Blind People, in Northern Ireland, (RNIB NI) wants to change the story for people with sight loss by making more books accessible.

It costs more than £4,000 to make one title in Braille, audio and giant print.

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.

To find out more, simply call 0845 345 0054 or visit www.read forrnib.org.uk

RICHARD MADELEY

RNIB Supporter

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