We are very proud to announce our new Ambassador, Kali Gilbert. This lovely picture shows Kali with her daughter Tayen, enjoying a Touch to See book together. It’s probably Peppa Pig – Tayen’s favourite!
We first ‘met’ Kali on Twitter – she responded to a tweet about our adaptation of David Walliams’ book ‘The Slightly Annoying Elephant’….and our friendship blossomed. Tayen was our 10,000th library member and we celebrated her heart-warming story in a video online, to help raise awareness about Living Paintings. To our delight the video went viral with over 30,000 views. If you haven’t already seen it, please watch Tayen’s Story.
“I’m honoured to be an Ambassador for Living Paintings. It’s great that I can share Tayen’s new found love for books again. Before her full vision loss, Tayen loved to look at books and I thought that love had gone with her sight, but Living Paintings has given her a new way to explore and discover. They are fantastic.
Tayen is able to sit with a Living Paintings book, with her brothers. It’s something they can share, which is very special. They tell her what they can see and tell her the story and she will feel the page and tell them what she can feel. To see them sitting there and sharing an activity together is really beautiful and something I thought we’d find really difficult as a family. It’s really lovely to see.”
Tayen has a genetic condition called Neurofibromatosis type 1. Kali explained, “She has a large brain tumour that extends through her brain and optic pathway gliomas (tumours) on both optic nerves. She has lost her vision due to these tumours and is having chemotherapy to try to stabilise them.” If you want to find out more please visit Tayen’s Journey.
Thank you, Kali, for joining our team as an Ambassador – you and Tayen are an inspiration and we’re honoured to be working with you.