4 year old Monty helps us with our urgent appeal
April 21, 2020

Monty, a little boy, reading The Smeds and The Smoos with his brother

Meet 4 year old Monty. His first visit to Moorfields Eye Hospital was when he was just 3 days old.  The diagnosis his parents received was pretty devastating. Their baby boy would be severely visually impaired and may one day become blind.  For them Living Paintings could not be more important at this time.

Emily, Monty’s mum, says:

“The special Touch to See books sent to us by Living Painting for Monty to enjoy, have been a huge part of his life for the past few years and he adores them. Never have the books been more important, as they are now, during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Many of the services that help children such as Monty have stopped as a result of lockdown.  He is unable to access and benefit from the wealth of online resources that are available for fully sighted children and as such the books keep him going, keep him engaged and allow him to enjoy wonderful stories in the same way as his sighted siblings and peers.

Living Paintings are a lifeline for us and so many other families of children with a visual impairment.”

Currently, Monty’s favourite Touch to See book from Living Paintings is The Smeds and The Smoos written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. He loves exploring the feely pictures and most of all he loves reading with his big brother because it’s rare to find something that they can do together.

Monty is one of thousands of blind and partially sighted library members who need our unique Touch to See books now more than ever. Our free postal library is vital for blind and partially sighted children now being schooled at home, and for older isolated people for whom our books are a lifeline.

Please Donate to our urgent appeal to help isolated blind people during Covid-19

Demand has increased dramatically this week, and we are absolutely committed to continuing to provide our library service. But we are facing huge challenges including the loss of significant income from planned fundraising events. Please give your support to ensure we can continue to operate in these difficult and unprecedented times.

A donation of £20 could provide an isolated blind person with Touch to See books for the next four months.

Please visit our crowdfunding page, donate if you can, and share with your friends, family and wider networks. Thank you.


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