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The Voice winner Andrea Begley is new Read for RNIB ambassador

7 October 2013

Celebrities support Read for RNIB DayAndrea Begley, the winner of the 2013 series of The Voice, was today announced as an ambassador for Read for RNIB.

This took place as she visited Joseph Clarke School┬áto lead a music workshop for a group of blind and partially sighted children. The amateur musicians, who ranged in age from 11 to 19, joined Andrea for a morning of singing and playing along to some of her favourite tunes, including tracks from her brand new album “The Message”, which is due for release on 21 October 2013.

Read for RNIB

The event was part of the Read for RNIB campaign which aims to make reading more accessible for people with sight loss in the UK. Today highlighted that it is not just about reading novels or text books, these children all rely on music and lyrics in giant print or braille to be able to enjoy the hobby they love so much.

RNIB’s National Library Service┬áhouses the largest collection of braille music in Europe as well as a collection of giant print scores that are available for children across the UK.

I am proud to become a Read for RNIB ambassador. Reading is a basic right for everyone but I think most people have little or no idea what life is like for people who are blind or partially sighted.

Accessing reading material has definitely been tough for me over the years. At school I used large print books. They literally weighed a ton in my bag and a lot of books I had to use had colour in them which was really poorly contrasted.

Sighted people just don’t know what barriers blind and partially sighted people face day to day. That’s why it’s so important to raise awareness and funds for Read for RNIB Day.”

Get involved

Read for RNIB takes place this Friday 11 October but there is still time to get involved – register today.

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