Frequently asked questions

Answers to all your Read for RNIB Day questions

What is Read for RNIB?

Read for RNIB is a great way to raise funds for RNIB – and celebrate reading! All we ask you to do is hold a reading-themed event with friends, family or work colleagues. Stuck on which event to choose? Why not look at our A to Z of fundraising ideas?

When is it?

Read for RNIB 2013 took place on Friday 11 October 2013, but your event can be on any date that suits. We are currently planning the date for 2014, so watch this space!

Who can take part?

Anyone! You don’t have to be a real bookworm, it’s for everyone – young and old alike.

If you are a school, let us know in the registration form and you’ll receive one of our special Alice in Wonderland schools’ fundraising packs.

How do I take part?

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

How do schools win a visit from author Darren Shan or a year’s supply of Walker children’s books?

Any school participating in Read for RNIB will be entered into a prize draw to win a visit from top children’s author, Darren Shan or a year’s supply of Walker children’s books. The draw will take place on Monday 16 December 2013.

For more information, read our school competition terms and conditions, email us at or call 0845 345 0054 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

How do I hold a Read for RNIB event?

It’s really easy to set up your own event, even if you’ve never done it before. We can send you a fundraising pack full of ideas, hints and tips. Just register here for yours.

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. Search for Read for RNIB on Facebook and like our page to join the fun online.

How do I raise money?

There are lots of ways to raise money, from charging an entrance fee to selling refreshments or holding competitions and raffles. Look for more suggestions in the kit, or why not go wild with your own ideas?

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 Read for RNIB 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 Read for RNIB event such as balloons or bookmarks, we will be happy to send extra (subject to availability). Just email 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 Read for RNIB, 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.

How do schools keep 20 per cent of funds raised?

Simply collect all your sponsorship, keeping your 20 per cent and send us the rest. For more information, read our terms and conditions for schools.

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
Read for RNIB
105 Judd Street

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 Read for RNIB?

  • 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 your event poster.
  • Share the link to on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Send us your Read for RNIB stories and photos – we’d love to be able to share them with the world. Post them on the Read for RNIB Facebook page, email us at or ring 0845 345 0054 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

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

Illustration from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” © Helen Oxenbury, courtesy of Walker Books Ltd.

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