Comedians join London without Limits festival in support of blind young Londoners

In January 2017, RSBC merged with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB). Although we are now called RSBC, there may be some references to RLSB in the following article.

The festival will raise money for RLSB (Royal London Society for Blind People), a London-based charity committed to ending the loneliness, unemployment and poverty that many blind young people experience.

The series of blindfolded events will take place during the six-week festival, which will culminate in a blindfolded 10k run around the Olympic Park in November.

By participating in the fun and unusual events taking place at venues across the capital, Londoners will get a brief insight in to how blind young people experience some of the capital’s top past times.

RLSB will use funds raised through the events to help the 7,000 vision impaired young people across London and the South East to take control of their life and fulfil their true potential through an expert blend of family support, education, sport, creative and developmental services.

Tom Pey, chief executive at RLSB says:

London without Limits is a new and exciting venture for us and we want to make this a festival to remember. People joining in will have fun and undergo sensory experiences that will challenge their everyday perceptions.

“Sadly childhood sight loss continues to be a predictor of a poor and lonely adult life. 90% of those who lose their sight in youth won’t have a job for more than six months in their life.

“By getting involved in London without Limits, Londoners are helping RLSB to put an end to the lonely reality of sight loss and are helping blind young people to live a life without limits.”

Chris McCausland, who is blind himself, spoke of what it’s like performing at Comedy in the Dark:

“Some of the audience can feel very self-conscious about laughing in public. In the dark I’ve found people feel freer about expressing themselves and also they don’t feel judged by others as they can’t be seen.”

With the blindfold at the heart of the campaign, RLSB has been working with some of the fashion industry’s best-known designers – Giles Deacon, Wayne Hemingway and Lisa King – to develop a set of limited edition blindfolds. These will be available to purchase at the events, with all profits going to the charity.

To find out more about London without Limits and find out how you can take part, visit Londonwithoutimits.com or follow #ldnwithoutlimits on Twitter. For further information about RLSB and its work visit: www.rsbc.org.uk

October 15, 2014

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