44-tonne artic lorry hits the road
July 27, 2017

A 44-tonne lorry is turning heads up and down the country, and it’s all for a good cause, to raise awareness of our life-changing charity.

lorry launch with ribbon, by Tayen and the Gruffalo

Instead of the usual plastic tarpaulin, the lorry has been wrapped with the one and only Gruffalo from the picture book written by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler – it’s being welcomed everywhere, with children eager to catch a glimpse of their favourite picture book character. The lorry, a Ford Motor Company vehicle transporter, will be travelling throughout the UK & Europe.

Tayen went blind at the age of 2 as a result of tumours on her optic nerves caused by the condition neurofibromatosis or NF1.  She is one of the thousands of blind and partially sighted children across the country who have been able to ‘see’ the Gruffalo thanks to our unique library of Touch to See books.  The image of her reading one of the books appears on the lorry alongside the Gruffalo and she was delighted to meet him in person today. Tayen’s mum said:

“When Tayen lost her sight we knew that we had to ensure that she could enjoy books again one day. Reading had been central to our children’s lives from very early on.  Thankfully we discovered Living Paintings and Tayen has never looked back.  She loves to feel the pictures in the books and reading with her is one of the great joys of our lives.”

At Living Paintings, we enable blind and partially sighted people to read through touch. We design, create and publish special versions of pictures with raised surfaces that come to life when fingers feel them. Often narrated by well-known voices, sound recordings direct the fingers telling the stories of the pictures and describing their features, making up for the missing sense of sight. Our Touch to See books are suitable for anyone from pre-school to adult and we bring favourite children’s stories to life, including Peppa Pig, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Stick Man.

Commenting on the launch, Axel Scheffler said:

“I’m thrilled to be supporting Living Paintings, the work they do in making books accessible through touch and sound is incredible. It’s wonderful to know that so many children who are blind or partially sighted can enjoy The Gruffalo thanks to their free library.”

Camilla Oldland, Chief Executive at Living Paintings said:

“The Gruffalo is a classic and we couldn’t be happier to bring it to life. It’s important for us to raise awareness of the charity and how our books transform the lives of blind and partially sighted children by ending the isolation and exclusion that they experience on a daily basis. Reading is a vital part of development and being able to understand a story through touch means so much to so many.”

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