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RSBC's BBC Lifeline Appeal

Award-winning actor Bertie Carvel presents RSBC's BBC Lifeline Appeal on BBC1 on Sunday 15th April at 4pm and again on Wednesday 18th April on BBC2 at 1pm.

'I never really talk about my feelings but I’ll talk to Sue'

The appeal features the sight loss stories of Ethan, age 10, Amelia, age 16, and Charlotte, age 22, and highlights the vital practical and emotional support our Family Support Service provides children and their families throughout the country.

Amelia, 16, is a regular teenager who is excited to go to residential college with her horse, Buddy, to pursue her dream of working with horses. She also began to rapidly lose her sight at 13 years old. Confused and concerned about her future, Amelia's mum, Lisa contacted RSBC.

10 year old Ethan’s positivity remains intact, despite a really turbulent couple of years since his sight began to rapidly deteriorate. His mum, Bhavna, credits the help her family have received from RSBC for stepping in to offer support and guidance when they found themselves in crisis and facing an uncertain future.

Charlotte, 22, suddenly lost her sight four years ago. “I lost my sight at university while I was studying nursing. I was working a placement at a hospital and I had to stop in a matter of days. It was just awful. I moved back home and thought I would never be able to work again. RSBC helped me come to terms with my sight loss, taught me job skills and built my confidence up."

Dealing with a childhood sight loss can often be lonely and confusing

There are an estimated 36,000 children and young people who are living with blindness and visual impairment in the UK. Every day, four more children will be diagnosed with sight loss.

Most parents know little about visual impairment, or may have never met anyone living with sight loss; so when their child is being diagnosed they have many questions and fears about the future.

RSBC’s Family Support Service can be on hand from the moment parents hear the news to offer practical advice and emotional support. With RSBC, parents develop the knowledge and confidence to help guide their child through sight loss and prepare them for adulthood.

Watch the Appeal

Online at bbc.co.uk/lifeline from Sunday 15th April at 4pm. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​