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Richard Madeley’s letter to editors

11 July 2013

Richard Madeley is supporting Read for RNIBWe have recently received a brilliant endorsement from celebrity supporter Richard Madeley.

Richard is an ever present on our television screens alongside wife Judy Finnigan and has recently released his debut novel “Some Day I’ll Find You”.

The Richard and Judy Book Club has encouraged thousands of people to get into the reading habit over the years and Richard is a perfect fit to help us change the story.

Please read below to see what Richard has had to say to newspaper editors around the country on behalf of Read for RNIB.

Imagine what your life would be like if you were denied the right to read? For my wife Judy and me, it would be simply intolerable. Unfortunately, it’s a reality for the estimated two million people living with sight loss in the UK who face a considerably limited choice of titles in formats they can access.

My wife Judy, who is a fellow book lover, has undergone four eye operations due a detached retina. Although this has affected her sight, thankfully she’s still able to read the books she loves.

Currently, only seven per cent of all books are fully accessible to blind and partially sighted people and that’s why we’re supporting this year’s Read for RNIB on Friday 11 October.

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) wants to change the story for people with sight loss by making many more books accessible. It costs more than £4,000 to make one title in braille, audio and giant print. So, join us to celebrate the joy of reading and whether it’s a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, book sale or sponsored reading relay, every penny you raise will fund RNIB’s vital reading services.”

Press coverage

The letter has already been published in lots of newspapers including the Belfast Telegraph, Oldham Evening Chronicle, Lanark and Carluke Advertiser, South London Press and the Peterborough Evening Times, so keep an eye out for it in your local press!

Register for Read for RNIB today and join Richard in supporting the campaign.

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