Every Blind Child
Meet aspiring fashion designer, Sasha.
Sasha loves to draw and make things, and at just nine years old she is already a whizz with a sewing machine.
Sasha also happens to have sight loss.
Have you ever met a blind child?
Research shows that two thirds of people in the UK have never met a child or young person who has lost their sight.
These people won’t know many vision impaired children often face challenges that makes achieving their dreams harder than it should be. Many children go on to achieve their dreams, but this isn’t always the case. It’s time to stand up for #EveryBlindChild in the UK.
At RSBC, we believe that the risk of poverty and isolation that can come with childhood sight loss cannot be tolerated any more.
Sasha has the same hopes and potential as any of us, she deserves to live a fulfilling life with the chance to get a job and find love, just like everyone else.
The first step in creating a better life for blind children is to shine a spotlight on their lives and the challenges they face.
That's where you come in.
Start by sharing Sasha's story on your social media.
Making childhood sight loss visible
Without visibility and acknowledgement, blind children will face an uphill struggle to have their potential recognised and to achieve their dreams.
That’s why we’re working with international artist, Robert Montgomery, who has created a custom-designed vehicle with a light poem and video installation inspired by the dreams and stories of children and young people, like Sasha, who are living with sight loss.
Following its launch on Wednesday 31 January in London, the artwork will tour the country from Newcastle to Plymouth, visiting the towns where the featured children live to raise awareness of the 36,000 children living with sight loss in the UK.
By giving more people in the UK the chance to meet a blind child, you can help pave the way for a fairer, more inclusive future for everyone.
There are three ways that you can help:
1. Share Sasha's story so that more people can meet her.
2. Come and see the artwork. Visit our tour page to see if we’re coming to a town near you
3. Donate to our appeal to make sure that #EveryBlindChild can be seen by an RSBC Sight Loss Specialist, and given a fair chance to reach their potential. Text “LEARN” to 70025 now to donate £5* or visit our donate online page.
* You will be charged £5, plus your standard network rate. 100% of your donation will go to RSBC. By texting, you are agreeing for RSBC to phone or text you to tell you about our work and how you can help. If you wish to donate and not hear from us again, text NOCALL RSBC on 78866. Registered Charity No. 307892. For more information call 020 3198 0225.