Schools called go dotty for vital sight-loss charity
Schools across the nation are being called to go dotty this spring to raise money for a valuable sight-loss charity.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is asking schools up and down the UK to "Wear dots and raise lots" in support of its vital work.
"Wear dots...raise lots" is an annual fundraiser, which will be taking place in May. It is inspired by Louis Braille's system which features raised dots and revolutionised reading and writing for people with sight problems.
The UK is currently home to more than two million people who are affected by sight loss, with one person beginning to lose their sight every 15 minutes.
Taking part in "Wear dots...raise lots" will raise vital funds that will help RNIB continue its much-needed work in providing advice, support and information to blind and partially sighted people to help them face their future with confidence.
Teachers are being urged to register today and download the charity's exclusive free school resources for Early Years Foundation Stage, and KS1-4/P1-7/S1-4. These resources provide students with braille alphabet sheets and activities, which can help students learn more about braille, while also having fun.
Woodside School in Aberdeen took part in the scheme last year and was delighted to be able to support the RNIB.
A spokesperson said: "At Woodside School in Aberdeen we sponsor the training of two cute guide dog puppies.so when our teacher told us about the 'Spotty Day' we all thought this would be so much fun and a great way to support the work of the RNIB.
"We had lots of ideas which included dressing in spotty clothes, designing and creating a blind-folded assault course, holding a best spotty outfit competition, pinning the tail on the guide dog, and writing our names in braille using circle stickers.
"The whole school took part and we were delighted to raise just over £300 towards audio books for sight impaired children."
Becca McRow, from RNIB, is eager encouraging schools everywhere to have a bit of fun, learn more about life for partially-sighted people, and raise a little money to make a big difference to their everyday lives.
She said: “It’s really fun and easy to get involved in making a difference to people with sight loss – all you have to do is wear dots!
“Alternatively, why not hold a dotty cake sale or have a dotty games night, playing dominoes or Twister – the choice is yours! By going dotty for RNIB, you’ll be helping us be there for even more blind and partially sighted people when we’re needed most, so they can face the future with confidence.”
Visit www.rnib.org.uk/wear-dots-raise-lots or call 0845 345 0054 to register for a free fundraising pack filled with ideas, resources and tips.