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Frequently asked questions

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What is RNIB Read?

This October we’re asking everyone to get involved with RNIB Read by wearing dots and raising lots for RNIB.

By wearing dots you will be celebrating braille and helping RNIB support people with sight loss so that we can be there for everyone who needs us. Everyone can be on the same page with your help.

When is it?

RNIB Read is an annual event taking place in the month of October.

Who can take part?

Anyone who is interested in having fun whilst also celebrating reading and trying to get everyone on the same page! We encourage schools, work places and individuals to all wear dots and raise lots this October.

Let us know if you are a school or nursery when you sign up as we have special lesson resources for EYFS and Key Stage 1-4.

How do I take part?

To organise an event, register online, email us at fundraising@rnib.org.uk or call us on 0845 345 0054 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

How do I hold a RNIB Read event?

It is really simple and fun to take part in RNIB RNIB – once you have registered and got your free fundraising pack you need to pick a date in October to hold your day of dots!

Then get all your friends, school, group, or colleagues to agree to take part too. The pack will give you lots of ideas and feel free to contact us for any help or advice by emailing fundraising@rnib.org.uk or calling 0845 345 0054 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Where should I hold it?

You could hold the event at your home, school, workplace, club or in a local hall. You could take part with your friends on Facebook too – why not have everyone post a picture of themselves in their dots! Search for RNIB Read on Facebook and like our page to join the fun online.

How do I raise money?

Ask everyone taking part to donate the suggested amount, or charge those who forfeit and decide they don’t want to dress in dots.

Don’t forget to think of other ways to make your day even more fun – think about holding a dotty cake sale, a book sale whilst everyone is dressed up, hold a braille quiz night using our pre-prepared quiz.

Look for more suggestions in the pack, or why not go wild with your own ideas?

What age are the lesson plans suitable for?

Our curriculum relevant teaching pack is intended for teachers of pupils in EYFS and Key Stages 1–4.

It is a starting point for those wishing to engage with RNIB, with activity ideas linked to various subjects and suggestions for where to find more information. It is intended to be used alongside the RNIB Read Fundraising kit.

What is gift aid?

Gift Aid is a great way to raise even more from donations to RNIB Read. There is no extra cost to the supporter and the process is simple – all they have to do is sign a Gift Aid declaration. For every £1 someone donates we can claim an additional 25p.
For more information on Gift Aid please visit our declaration form.

How to fundraise online?

The easiest and most cost effective way to fundraise for RNIB Read is via donation sites such as Just Giving, BT My Donate or Virgin Money Giving.

Donating online to RNIB Read through the above sites is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe – they do not sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once a donation has been made the money gets sent directly to RNIB.

Online fundraising also ensures that Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. This means that we receive an extra 25p per £1 donated.

If you would prefer to use a sponsor form please feel free, there is one included in the fundraising pack or to order additional please email us at fundraising@rnib.org.uk or call us on 0845 345 0054 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Who are Book Events and how do I get involved with one of their book sales?

Book Events are our official book sale partner. If you work in a company with over 300 staff then Book Events can hold an event where 10 per cent of all profits go to RNIB Read and you can get books at up to 75 per cent off the RRP. Just fill in our Book Event registration form to get more details.

Can I request more fundraising materials?

Yes, of course. If you need additional fundraising items for your RNIB Read event such as balloons, bookmarks or SIM specs we will be happy to send extra (subject to availability). Just email fundraising@rnib.org.uk or call 0845 345 0054 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Do I have to raise a minimum amount?

There is no minimum sponsorship for taking part in RNIB Read, however we do encourage everyone to try and raise a minimum of £120. Every penny counts though and we are here to support you all the way in your fundraising.

  • £10 helps a parent continue to cook for their children with our range of giant print cookery books.
  • £70 helps give someone talking books for a whole year, offering comfort and companionship.
  • £250 helps someone participate in RNIB’s Telephone Book Clubs from the comfort of their own home.

Read more about what your money can do.

Where do I send the money?

The easiest way is to fill in our secure online donation form.

Alternatively, phone us on 0845 345 0054 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or post a cheque (payable to “RNIB charity”) to:

Fundraising Support Services
RNIB Read
RNIB
105 Judd Street
London WC1H 9NE

If writing to us, please include details of the person who organised the event, your company, club or school’s address and a contact telephone number. Thank you!

How will RNIB spend the money I’ve raised?

Find out more about how your money helps blind and partially sighted people.

How can I spread the word about RNIB Read?

  • Tell all your friends!
  • Put posters up wherever you can – at work, school, in your local shops, community centres or libraries.
  • Post pictures on Facebook – start with a picture of you in your dots.
  • Share the link to www.readforrnib.org.uk on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Send us your RNIB Read stories and photos – we’d love to be able to share them with the world. Post them on the RNIB Read Facebook page, email us at fundraising@rnib.org.uk or ring 0845 345 0054 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Haven’t found what you are looking for?

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If you can’t find the answer to your question, please email us at fundraising@rnib.org.uk or call us on 0845 345 0054 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) and we’ll be happy to help.

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