LETTER: Thanks to all who supported blind charity’s stamp appeal

The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) would like to thank all your readers who have supported our postage stamp appeal. In the financial year of 2014-2015 we raised £21,458 and am aiming for at least another £25,000 in this new financial year so we are again sending a plea for everybody’s help!

RNIB is the UK’s leading charity offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight problems. Our pioneering work helps anyone with a sight problem – not just with Braille, talking books and computer training, but with imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges.

We fight for equal rights for people with sight problems. Our projects such as Talk and Support and Parents’ Place make a difference to people’s lives. We need your support to fund our vital work. As a charity we rely on your generosity.

Money raised by collecting stamps helps support services like RNIB Sunshine House School, Northwood. This is a non-maintained special school for children who are blind or partially sighted with multiple disabilities. RNIB Sunshine House School is firmly committed to RNIB’s belief that all children have the right to learn. They provide a service of high quality specialist education and care through daily and residential provision, enabling our children to achieve their potential. We are desperate need of more people to send us their used and new postage stamps from the UK and abroad. If you know anybody who could help us anywhere in the world, please pass on our details. A status on Facebook etc would be a great help.

For every £1 we raise, RNIB spends 87p directly helping blind and partially sighted people, 11p on raising more vital funds and 2p on administration.

Stamps can be posted or hand delivered to the volunteers in your area, which are Mr H. Broderick, 13 Gloucester Place, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 7AF or Mr and Mrs T Sawyer, 18 Highdown Road, Brighton, BN3 6EE, who will sort and trim. The stamps will then be passed on to the RNIB stamp buyer.

I appreciate that you may receive lots of requests from charities, but sight is something we often take for granted.

Any help or support your organisation can offer will make a difference to our work supporting blind and partially sighted people. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Terri Bush

Volunteer Stamp Appeal Co-Ordinator, RNIB