Did you know? Only 10 percent of any book published in the UK each year (and that’s a lot of books) is put into an alternative format such as audio?
That means that many of the books you’ve probably read, because you read about them in the papers will never be enjoyed by blind and partially sighted people.
I love reading – I positively adore it!
Whether I’m being terrified by a gripping twisty thriller – laughing uproariously at the hapless adventures of a tourist or imagining I’m a dog (now come on, who hasn’t done that)! Listening to an audio book allows you to experience all kinds of different times, places and emotions.
So, when I was asked if I’d like to be part of the RNIB’s sponsor a talking books challenge, I didn’t have to think about my answer.
But, to make things a bit different I’m allowing the community I live in to help me – it’ll unite everyone in a shared love of helping – reading and making a difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted people.
The Canton Ely talking books challenge was set up so people in this community can take ownership of the challenge by raising money any way they would like to. From holding tea parties, quizzes, sponsored dog walks – anything you feel like really, I want everyone to get involved. But, don’t worry if you aren’t from Ely or Canton, you can still support the challenge as you’ll be helping me, and I fall into the category of living in the aforementioned area.
A world without audio books would be a very silent place for someone like me – so let’s change the story for RNIB.
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