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Frank Lampard helps change the story

9 October 2013

Frank Lampard is supporting Read for RNIBChelsea and England legend Frank Lampard has tackled a new challenge this week in aid of Read for RNIB this Friday.

The footballer is one of a host of stars who are turning their talents to a recording of a very curious RNIB talking book. Frank took time out from his preparations for England’s qualifying match against Montenegro on Friday night to record the following section of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”:

“Well, it must be removed,” said the King very decidedly, and he called to the Queen, who was passing at the moment, “My dear! I wish you would have this cat removed!”
The Queen had only one way of settling all difficulties, great or small. “Off with his head!” she said, without even looking round.
“I’ll fetch the executioner myself,” said the King eagerly, and he hurried off.”

Football fans can listen to Frank Lampard’s recording here (m4a, 200K).

Also taking part in the mass participation recording are John Humphrys, Cerys Matthews, Michael Sheen, Miranda Richardson, Anneka Rice and Caroline Quentin. The finished ‘Talking Book’ will then be available for customers of RNIB’s National Library Service to borrow.

With only seven per cent of books fully accessible, blind and partially sighted readers face a dramatically limited choice of book titles. Read for RNIB aims to change the story and open up this world of reading.

I am delighted to be involved in such a lovely project and fantastic cause. As a children’s author I think it’s hugely important that blind and partially sighted kids, and adults, are able to read any book they want. It’s shocking that just seven per cent of books are currently fully accessible.” – Frank Lampard

How you can get involved

Members of the public can take part too by coming down to a very special mobile recording studio at Waterloo Station on Friday 11 October, where you will have the opportunity to dress up and meet the Mad Hatter. If unable to make it in person, you can simply upload a passage online.

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