Em Western from St Leonard’s Primary School in Exeter tells us about their amazing fundraising idea. They have raised a spectacular £613 for Living Paintings by holding a Brailleathon!
We currently subscribe to the Living Paintings free library service for 2 children at our school. Over the last 4 years, these books have given both children the same opportunity to read books for enjoyment. They have also shared the books with their friends and benefited from being able to read together with their peers. I really wanted to thank Living Paintings for all the enjoyment we get from these books. Our Head of Teaching and Learning, Mr Owen Wilder, was hugely enthusiastic and gave us the go ahead to fund raise.
I wanted our fundraising effort to involve our VI children, so tried to think of something that would raise awareness of braille in the school, but be both manageable and accessible for both students and came up with the idea of a “Brailleathon”. How much braille can we produce in one hour? I asked our students if they would like to get involved and they both said “Yes!” enthusiastically. One of their parents who is a real “Braille Champion” also agreed to give it a go and we have several braille learners among our staff too.
The Brailleathon took place on 21st June and our brailleists did a fantastic job. We set up a Just Giving page for sponsors and so far we have raised £613. We’ve also raised awareness in the school community and further afield. I am really grateful that St Leonard’s C of E Primary is a very inclusive school, and has always been very supportive of my non-stop braille labelling of everything. I believe that our brailleists should have the same exposure to braille as sighted children get to printed materials.
Everyone at Living Paintings agrees wholeheartedly with this and we’re delighted that our Touch to See Books are helping to provide these opportunities. Enormous thanks and congratulations to Em and everyone at St Leonard’s Primary School for this fantastic fundraising idea. If anyone else out there would like to raise funds to ensure that we can continue to provide a FREE library service throughout the UK, please get in touch with Beth Hubbard at firstname.lastname@example.org.