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BRAILLE SURE IS BRAW The Braille Press are printing books galore!

FORWARD IS THE WAY It’s not easy keeping up the pace with Forward Vision

AN EASY RIDER AT 94! A very special visit to Scottish War Blinded and celebrating Minnie’s speedy birthday

JUMPING FOR JUBILEE How we made Her Majesty proud on her anniversary

SUMMER 2012


The Royal Blind School offers the highest quality of education and care to meet the needs of young people with a visual impairment. Our two campuses include primary and secondary facilities supporting pupils with additional support needs.

Braeside House is our home that provides first class services and facilities for older people who are blind or visually impaired, offering both residential and nursing care in purpose built premises.

Reg. Charity: SC017167

Forward Vision offers young adults aged 18-25 who have a visual impairment and disability, care and support with personcentred focus on strengths and abilities, encouraging greater independence.

Kidscene is an integrated after school club which offers after school care to children attending the Royal Blind School as well as local schools. The club aims to provide a safe, secure and relaxed environment for the children in our care.

The Scottish Braille Press is a leading provider of high quality alternative formats. The press has years of experience, backed up with continuing investment in technology and skills to ensure we can supply the best that is available for our customer needs. Every hour of every day we spend ÂŁ1,445 directly on care, education and employment for those we care for.

We provide assistance to people who have been members of the armed forces and who are blind or partially sighted Reg. Charity: SC002652

MAKING A DONATION TO ROYAL BLIND iSITE IN ALTERNATIVE FORMATS This magazine is available in large print, Braille and audio CD. If you would like to receive iSite in an alternative format, or know of someone who may wish to receive it in an alternative format contact Colleen Watt on 0131 229 1456.

Every donation could make such a difference. You can donate online at www.royalblind.org, by telephone: 0131 229 1456 or by sending a cheque, (made payable to Royal Blind) to Fundraising, Royal Blind, P.O. box No. 500, Gillespie Crescent, Edinburgh, EH10 4HZ.

YOUR GENEROSITY WILL HELP THOSE WHO ARE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED TO SEE A DIFFERENCE. TOGETHER WE ARE LIGHTING UP LIVES.


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TH E OLYM PIC TO RCH Pupils at The Royal Blind School showed their enthusiasm for sport and the upcoming London Olympic Games by participating in an Olympic Sports Day on Wednesday 20th June. Students were split into four teams, each representing a different country. The day’s events kicked off with an Opening Ceremony that was led by Olympic Torchbearer, Ken Reid. The teams displayed their colours and flags while Ken, who is blind himself, spoke about his experience as a Torchbearer and encouraged the students to pursue the Olympic Values of Respect, Excellence and Friendship. The students participated in four outdoor activities that required both individual and team skills, including a javelin toss and relay race. Principle Julie Fardell added, ‘What a privilege to participate in the Royal Blind School’s Olympic Sports Day today. The young people demonstrated excellent sporting skills, determination to participate to the best of their ability, fair play, friendship and leadership.’ Later that week the torch travelled to Braeside House, where many of the residents got to hold the torch as well. Huge thanks to Ken Reid for taking the time to visit.

GO O D LUCK Good Luck from all at Royal Blind to former Royal Blind School pupils Lee Brunton, Libby Clegg and James Clegg, who will be competing in the London 2012 Paralympics! Lee will be competing as part of the GB Blind Football Team, Libby will compete in the 100m and 200m for the visually impaired and James will be racing in the pool. We are very proud of you all.


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Fiesta! Earlier this year, three groups of pupils from the Royal Blind School took part in the annual Fiesta class of the Edinburgh Competition Festival. The Fiesta is an inclusive class open to school pupils of all ages and is a wonderful opportunity both to perform and also to be an audience for performances from other schools. The Fiesta took place in Stockbridge Parish Church and people came to perform in or to watch the event including the Lady Provost Elizabeth Grubb. Pupils presented musical items of their own choice and received constructive feedback from the professional adjudicator and a certificate of participation from the Festival.

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By Jill Reeves Music Teacher and Fiesta Co-ordinator

There were two items from the Craigmillar Park Campus, a four part arrangement of ‘Close to You’ by a group comprising two senior girls and two senior boys and a performance of ‘Teach me the Blues’ sung by three senior boys and featuring improvised scat singing. Tay class represented the Canaan Lane Campus performing ‘Angus the Brave’ and dancing a version of ‘The Dashing White Sergeant’. The adjudicator was very impressed by all of our performances which were also enjoyed by the large and enthusiastic audience. The Fiesta fits very well within Curriculum for Excellence giving opportunities for children and young people to learn new skills, work together as a group, build self-confidence and represent their schools by contributing to an important and enjoyable musical event.


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Physics at Firrhill High School By Saad Attieh Going into my third year of secondary, I had the same trouble as all other pupils do at this time choosing my subjects! I needed to decide on subjects I might find interesting and also that would help me in a career which I had yet to decide on! I remember having an inkling that when it came down to science, physics would be the perfect subject for me. Unfortunately, when it was time for my classmates to choose their subjects, they could not disagree more. After hearing that none of my fellow pupils wanted to study physics, I assumed that this meant that I would not be able to study physics, especially if it meant finding a teacher and all the equipment required to teach the subject just for one pupil. However, it was decided that if I really wanted to try physics I could attend classes at Firrhill High School, as the Royal Blind School already had a very good connection with them. So in S3 I was excited to find out that physics was part of my timetable, and that several times a week I would travel across to Firrhill with Mrs Balfour. From the start I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and it was especially useful having Mrs Balfour with me, as not only was she a great support during class, she also doubled as my

Maths teacher. This meant that if at any time I was struggling to understand a particular concept because of the maths involved, I was able to go over this with Mrs Balfour during Maths without falling behind in either of these subjects. After starting at Firhill nearly 3 years ago, I certainly didn’t expect to go on to achieve a 1 at Standard Grade and an A at Higher Physics. And I certainly didn’t think that I would still be attending Firrhill now that I am in my last year at the Royal Blind School, sitting my Advanced Higher Physics. Being given the chance to go to Firrhill has taught me much more than just physics. I have found Firrhill great preparation for University as it has meant that I now have experience learning as part of a larger group of people. I gained valuable note taking skills and have also had experience producing a lengthy scientific report and on top of all I have realised the extremely fast pace that mainstream pupils are expected to work at.

I am really grateful for the chance I was given thanks to the Royal Blind School and Firrhill High School for allowing me to study physics at Firrhill. My memories of my last day at Firrhill are great especially because I was awarded the best physics student prize, giving me something to remember them by.

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THE EICC • EDINBURGH, • THURSDAY 3RD MAY 2012 Our fifth Celebrity Try & Score event, in association with Aberdeen Asset Management, raised just under £34,000 over the course of one brilliant evening! We were pleased to host this year’s event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, in which 350 guests gathered to enjoy a four course meal and interactive sports quiz in the midst of sporting legends. We were also excited to team up with BidTech, who provided iPads on each table to be used for a silent auction that was conducted throughout the dinner. Royal Blind is proud to be the first organisation to utilise this cutting-edge form of fundraising technology in Edinburgh! Scott Wilson served once again as our incredibly charismatic host and made the evening truly enjoyable (especially during the ‘Money Can’t Buy’ charity auction), while guest speaker Fred MacAulay had guests doubled over with laughter during his wonderfully witty after-dinner entertainment.

At the end of the evening, we were honoured to receive a cheque for £8,657 from Pagan Osborne, who have worked with Royal Blind as their nominated Charity of the Year, over the last 3 years. ‘Having been to Try and Score for five years now, I have to say, it’s one of my favourite corporate nights in the year! Our clients love the quiz as it punctuates the entire evening, ensuring it flows really well. With the combination of sporting legends, Fred MacAulay’s humour and Scott Wilson’s wit - what more could you ask for?!’ Hilary Douglas, Scotsman Publications Ltd

‘Many thanks for another very enjoyable evening last night. The new venue worked well I thought, and the entertainment was excellent. Scott Wilson is a superb compere and Fred MacAulay was just hilarious’. Fiona Gillespie, Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited

WE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO: Scott Wilson, Fred MacAulay, Aberdeen Asset Management, The Scotsman, MLG, Deuchars IPA, the many wonderful companies who kindly donated prizes and everyone who attended!

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Children’s Sponsored Walk, 27 th October 2012 , 5.30pm Fettes College Contact Tel 0131 229 1456 Everyone must be registered to take part before the event. £5 per child, 3 and under free and £2 per adult.

This year’s theme MAGIC & ILLUSION Become a Guinness World Record Breaker – Help us attempt a new record for the ‘Largest Magic Lesson'

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ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD We have been very busy at Forward Vision over the last few months with the young adults continuing to participate in a wide range of interesting activities. Several of them attend sport classes at Telford College each week, while others keep fit by doing rebound classes on the trampoline. We also participate in skiing sessions which take place at Xscape in Braehead, where the young adults enjoy the exhilaration of speeding downhill, although there are some who prefer the more peaceful atmosphere in the hydro!

The young adults attend events and concerts on a regular basis; we had tickets to see the Olympic torch parade in Edinburgh, as well as tickets for Starlight Express and an Olly Murs concert later in the summer. During the all too brief spell of warm weather, we enjoyed spending as much time as possible out in the garden. A couple of the young adults enjoy planting vegetables and watching their progress and two people have now enrolled on a course to be held at the Bridgend allotments where these skills can be further developed. The young adults are involved in the day to day running of their home, with the addition of assistive technology ensuring that all can help with the cooking. Lauren enjoys being involved in preparing meals AND doing the washing up! They all make the most of living in the centre of Edinburgh. Several take part in a walking group; they enjoy walking in accessible parts of the local area. We enjoy visiting cafes and pubs in the local community.

Huge congratulations to Julie Jamieson, Head of Care and Jan Thomson, Depute Head of Care, who both graduated with BA (Hons) in Social Work Studies on April 14th.

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New start, new skills Royal Blind Scottish Braille Press is a supported employer, which means that we provide employment for people with disabilities and a support service to accommodate any special requirements. Historically the Braille Press has offered support, primarily to those with a visual impairment. However, increasingly we have been able to offer opportunities for people with various disabilities. Recently, there has been a move towards providing opportunities to a greater number of disabled people through offering temporary contracts to help them progress into permanent open employment with other employers. To accommodate this new approach and to maintain the level of support required, we have recently appointed a part-time Employment Support Worker, Susan Meldrum. One person who has benefited from this scheme is Allan Brown. Allan, who is profoundly deaf, worked at Edinburgh Blindcraft as a full-time Production Operator for more than 4 years until the factory closed last July. Speaking through interpreter Margaret Bradshaw, he said: ‘When I lost my job I was off work for over a year before I found another one. It was very difficult to get a job, I was applying everywhere and everyone was saying ‘sorry’ – it was a difficult time.’ In August 2011, Allan successfully applied for a year-long post of Proof Reader at the Scottish Braille Press thanks to his mentor, Mark Brown. This was a paid part-time work trainee placement that was funded through the Department of Work and Pensions, and

the City of Edinburgh Council. Allan has since gone on to successfully apply for a permanent Proof Reader's post that the Scottish Braille Press advertised early this year, and started in his new post on 1st May 2012.

‘Allan applies himself very well,’ said council employment support worker Mark Brown, who helped secure the initial training role. ‘It’s very difficult at the moment for jobs in general and for people with disabilities there’s less support now. You get employers that are reluctant to take a risk, they’re not too sure how to communicate with people or about the issues that are going to be involved. But I think the Scottish Braille Press have been really good, they’ve been open and very supportive.’ To help with the transition, he has been given various tools, including a ‘Boogie Board’ (an electronic tablet used for writing notes to people who cannot do sign language), a computer with speech software and a special fire alarm pager. ‘It’s been a learning curve for us,’ added Sandra Wright, Deputy Manager of the Scottish Braille Press. ‘We’ve learned a lot about working with deafness since Allan’s been here and it’s working really well. Allan’s a very capable employee and we’ve found a way of communicating that works for us all. There is a difficulty in hearing impaired people communicating with visually impaired people but I think because we employ quite a number of disabled people here they’re very sympathetic to each other’s disabilities and you’ll find that people really rally around and develop techniques that work.’

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POSITION: Art Teacher, The Royal Blind School

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What does an average day in the Art Room look like? An average day in the art room involves young people from age 9 to 18 at both Craigmillar Park Campus and Canaan Lane Campus being involved in projects and making art, using lots of different materials and techniques.

pupils with a visual impairment may have incomplete concepts of the environment they inhabit and exploration through art, and the discussion it engenders, can help them understand more about their world.

What challenges do you face on a day to day basis? The challenge is to find an appropriate material or activity which can be used creatively. There usually has to be a tactile element to any activity and the only thing which we do not use on a regular basis is paper and pencil. Pupils do draw, and there are various markmaking means such as wikki stix, drawing film and using polystyrene tiles to impress marks. I believe that creating is a form of play for some pupils that have been neglected because of the belief that art is a visual media. Young blind and visually impaired people are often not given the same artistic opportunities as their sighted peers. It is important to develop the capacity to invent, create, interpret and evaluate through art. Some

What is the most enjoyable part of your job? The best part of this job is the enjoyment I get from seeing the pupils have fun within the context of an art lesson. Over the years I have developed lessons which include all levels of ability and have meaning in the wider context of the pupil’s learning. These art lessons help develop communication, aural, tactile and fine motor skills. Staff and pupils have fun making up action songs to help with the rhythm or the movement when painting or gluing. All pupils know the theme tune from ‘Rawhide’ as it is most often used when rolling clay, ‘rolling, rolling, rolling……’ usually followed with ‘Don’t give up the day job, Mrs Simpson.’ What is the most important part of your job? Some simple activities we take for granted are difficult for blind and visually impaired pupils such as gluing and placing in collage work. It can be messy when using hands and fingers instead of vision. However I am often amazed by some tactile

differentiation exercises that the pupils can perform, telling the difference between surfaces and shapes in raised diagrams. This has to be the most creative job I have ever had - trying to think of new methods and means of using art. I still have ‘light bulb’ moments when talking and listening to the pupils and get enthusiastic about projects that arise in class discussion and how we will tackle them. We use a lot of junk and packaging and it is amazing what milk cartons can be transformed in to! The art room is the depository for all sorts of cast offs and rejects and many wonderful sculptures have started off as a fairly mundane throw-away item. Any favourite memories, stories or quotations from working with Royal Blind? When I explain to people that I teach art to the blind the reaction is always the same; there is a pause and then they say ‘That must be challenging’ usually followed by, ‘So what do you actually do?’ I always say ‘We do nudes by braille’ :o)


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POSITION: Workshop Instructor, Linburn Centre What does an average day in the workshop look like? Every day in the workshop can be totally different – some days there can be up to 9 or 10 people working on separate projects, whereas on other days there are just a few members. Mondays are generally quiet so I use this time to work on new projects for the members. I’ll also look at which members are going to be attending sessions, so that I can gear up for the week ahead. What challenges do you face on a day to day basis? The biggest challenge in the workshop is to keep everyone safe. This can mean something as simple as keeping the floor well swept at all times with no obstructions. When it comes to actually starting a project, I view the members just as anyone else. I try to allow them to use hand tools as much as possible but with the aid of jigs that, for example, would hold the piece of wood whilst it’s being cut rather than the piece being held by hand. Another challenge would be the huge range of abilities of the members. It is important to remember that if one person is able to use a certain type of screw, another individual may not possess that skill.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job? It sounds corny, but it really is when a member has made something with their own hands, knowing that they will take it home to show friends and family and feel very proud. There are also a few regular members who are brilliant with letting me try out new ways of working. I can only guess so much of how they are going to cope with a project, so we all work closely together and they tell me if something’s not working for them. What is the most important part of your job? For me, it’s letting the members do as much as possible so that they can honestly say “I made this!” A lot of the more senior members have a good knowledge of and experience with making things with their hands but that experience might not be in recent years. The Linburn workshops allow them to return to these skills. For the younger members, the workshops give them certain skills that will always be useful throughout life.

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We can now declare Kidscene.....

OPEN! On June 1st we had our Official Kidscene Opening, inviting all the children and families who attend Kidscene, along with funders and members of the local community, to share our special day. With the sun shining, we were able to see the facilities at their finest, with the children playing outside on the swings, bikes, trampoline and other excellent facilities we have we have on offer. Our wonderful staff led guided tours through the facility and after a few words from Board Member Margery Browning, CEO Richard Hellewell and Kidscene Manager Julie Jamieson, it was down to the most important part CAKE! We have had a fantastic, fun-filled start to our After School Club and can't wait to see many new faces here in the coming months.

For further information on Kidscene please email: kidscene@royalblind.org or call Lisa Donoghue KIDSCENE Manager on 07785 618 832

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BRAW IN BRAILLE New Scottish publisher, doodlemacdoodle, and the Scottish Braille Press had a simultaneous Braille and print publication of their ‘Braw Stuff Fae Scotland’ book in March. Kingsley Dawson, chairman of Bookspeed, doodlemacdoodle’s parent company, said ‘Inclusion is a key principle of our publishing programme. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy books as and when they are published. Over 95% of books published never become available in formats for people with sight problems, and we’re very pleased to have been able to work with The Scottish Braille Press on this project.’ At a personal level, Kingsley Dawson has become involved in working with children from the Royal Blind School over the last year, and began to think about expanding the inclusive nature of the doodlemacdoodle publishing project to the visually impaired. John Donaldson from the Scottish Braille Press was of the opinion that the forthcoming ‘Braw Stuff fae Scotland’ would work well and it was quickly decided to go for simultaneous publication in paper and in Braille.

Kingsley met staff and students from the Royal Blind School, and participated in a reading group in which the Braille edition of ‘Braw Stuff fae Scotland’ was read, discussed, enjoyed and laughed about! Validation indeed, not only for Braille print medium, but also for the doodlemacdoodle publishing project to people who are visually impaired. Later that evening the official launch took place at the Royal Blind School itself. John Donaldson, Manager of The Scottish Braille Press said: ‘The Scottish Braille Press is delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with doodlemacdoodle and to be able to publish the Braille versions of Braw Stuff simultaneous publication in print and Braille. The support they have given will allow Braille readers in Scotland and the UK to enjoy this new book along with their sighted friends and families.’

The Scottish Braille Press also have printed editions of ‘Och Wheesht and Get Oan Wae It’ and ‘Eat Haggis and Ceilidh On’ and are planning further co-editions of the three titles in the ‘Exploring Scotland with doodlemacdoodle’ series to be published in September.

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HEAD FOR HEIGHTS Huge CONGRATULATIONS to our 12 brave supporters who spent Sunday 10th June abseiling 165 feet off the Forth Rail Bridge in Edinburgh. Our wonderful supporters, who clearly have a head for heights, raised over ÂŁ2,000 for Royal Blind and its services. Well done and

THANK YOU!

RUNNERS NEEDED 2012 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run: Sunday 2nd September Be part of Scotland’s largest mass participation sporting event and sign up online to run for Royal Blind. Experience the electric atmosphere, friendly welcome and excellent race day as you take part in either the 10km or half marathon.

We are delighted to announce that we have now secured a limited number of spaces for the next Forth Bridge Abseil which is taking place on Sunday 21st October 2012. This event is open to anyone over the age of 16 and no previous experience is necessary (just nerves of steel!). If you are interested in being part of the ultimate abseil please contact the Marketing & Fundraising Team on 0131 229 1456 or e-mail events@royalblind.org for more information about how to register.

2012 Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running: Sunday 30th September 2012 There are great marathons around the world, many of them particularly marked by their settings, and the Loch Ness ranks right alongside them. With the choice to take part in the Marathon, 10K, 10K Corporate Challenge, 5K Fun Run and Wee Nessie, there is something to suit all levels of fitness and age range.

For more information on how you can take part in either of these runs and represent Royal Blind,

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Is this the year that you want to try something different! SPECIAL THANKS TO…..

Bibi’s Bakery who raised £233.36 with their Royal Blind Charity Cupcake.

Evelyn Whitfield who raised £700.13 with her house to house collections.

Jan Watson who raised £235.12 with an event in her local community.

Mary Spence who raised £250 with a coffee morning.

Mrs Ewan who raised £433.22 with her house to house collections.

Fiona Gaunt & Miranda Harvey, who between them raised £650 completing the Edinburgh 5km in May.

THANK YOU! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Do you have some time to spare to help raise funds for Royal Blind and all its wonderful services? We would be grateful if you (or perhaps a group you are associated with) would carry out a collection in your local area. We have the authority to collect in all towns and cities throughout Scotland. We really need collectors to help fill these buckets, so if you are willing to help please contact: Colleen on 0131 229 1456, email colleen.watt@royalblind.org or write to Colleen Watt, Community Collections, Royal Blind, PO Box 500, Gillespie Crescent, Edinburgh, EH10 4HZ. If these dates don’t suit or you would prefer to organise a coffee morning or place cans on our behalf instead, please just give us a call and we can get something started.

Collection Dates 2012 1st - 7th October 10th - 16th December

We have a few members of staff retiring this month who have been with Royal Blind for a number of years. Margaret Jamieson who has been working at the Royal Blind School as a Residential Care Worker will be retiring after 17 years of service at the end of July. Margaret initially worked at the Canaan Lane Campus and then transferred to the Craigmillar Campus 4 years ago. Margaret has thoroughly enjoyed her work with the Children and Young people over the years and she will be sorely missed by both the young people and her colleagues. We would like to thank her for all her valuable work and dedication over the past 17 years and we wish her all the very best for her retirement.

Football Shirt Raffle The senior pupils at The Royal Blind School recently set out to raise money for their end of school Prom in June. As part of this fundraising drive they raffled two framed, signed football shirts – one for Hearts and one for Hibs. The shirts were kindly donated by each of these wonderful Edinburgh football clubs. The raffle made £390.00. The winning tickets were drawn on Friday May 4th: Gary from Eden Springs, who brings our drinking water to school, won the Hearts shirt. Linda Lawrie from Dee Class, Canaan Lane, won the signed Hibs shirt. Congratulations to our two lucky winners!

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The Ride of a Lifetime!

The Linburn Centre enjoyed a very memorable visit by the Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) Riders on May 18th. The RBLS Riders are a very unique chapter of the largest ex-service charity in Scotland. The Riders branch was formed on the 30th November 2010 and as you can imagine, all members share a passion for motorcycles! The Riders travel all over Scotland to participate in service-focused events which range from biking rallies and ride-outs to formal events and fundraising campaigns, such as ‘Voices For Veterans.’

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The RBLS Riders paid a visit to the Linburn Centre recently, to provide our members with a thrilling motorbike ride experience. Despite the wet and chilly weather, many of our members were eager volunteers and the afternoon was a great success! One of our members, Minnie, celebrated her 94th birthday with a ride on the back of a motorbike! When asked about her motorbike moment, Minnie remarked that ‘For the last fifty years, my birthday has been just another day.


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CONGRATULATIONS! Congratulations to Steven Williams, who raised over £1121 for Scottish War Blinded this summer. Steven is an active Scottish War Blinded member and completed the Edinburgh Marathon (in intense heat!) to raise the money.

Thank you so much Steven, you’re an inspiration!

AWARD WINNING LINBURN CENTRE In May, the Linburn Centre was awarded the title of ‘Scottish Building Project of the Year 2012’ by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The centre was also honoured by the RICS for achievements in ‘Design and Innovation.’ Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded Chief Executive, Richard Hellewell, received the award with Jamie Hamilton from Page/Park Architects

and Brian Houston, from NBM Contruction Cost Consultants at the RICS Scotland Awards ceremony last week. The award was presented by RICS Scotland Chairman.

Doors Open Day 2012 Today was different. It was worth the wait for 94 years. It was a marvellous day, I couldn’t stop giggling! I don’t know when I have had such a happy day.’ Another member, Mary, added that the whole experience was ‘120 out of 100. Fantastic – especially the big handsome drivers!’ A member of staff noted that ‘it was lovely to see our members having a great time. They were so excited and really enjoyed the experience.’

We are pleased to announce that the Linburn Centre will be included in this year’s ‘Doors Open Day’ programme! The Linburn Centre will be open to the public on Saturday, 22nd September from 10am to 3pm. We will be offering guided tours, information leaflets, visual displays that feature our members’ artwork, video/audio presentations, and refreshments! PLEASE STOP BY AND HAVE A LOOK AT OUR WONDERFUL FACILITIES!

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Instruction to your Bank or Building Society: Please pay Royal Blind Direct Debits from the account detailed in this instruction subject to the safeguards assured by the Direct Debit Guarantee. I understand that this instruction may remain with Royal Blind and, if so, details will be passed electronically to my Bank/Building Society.

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3. Make your donation worth almost a third more at no extra cost to you. If you are a taxpayer, you can make your donation worth more with Gift Aid. For every pound you give to us, we get an extra 25p from the Inland Revenue. All you need to do is check the statement below and tick the box. To qualify for Gift Aid, what you pay in income tax or capital gains tax must at least equal the amount we will claim in the tax year. I declare all gifts of money that I’ve made to Royal Blind in the past six years and all future gifts of money that I make from the date of this declaration are Gift Aid donations. Please notify us if you want to cancel this declaration, change your name or home address or no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains. Data Protection – Royal Blind is registered under the Data Protection Act 1998, registration no. Z5603032. Information on the use of personal data by Royal Blind is available from: PO Box 500, Gillespie Crescent, Edinburgh EH10 4HZ. Registered Charity No. SC017167. Royal Blind values your support. We would like to keep you up to date with information about our fundraising appeals and our charitable work. Please tick here if you would prefer us not to contact you by post. Royal Blind will not pass your details to non-associated companies but we may provide your data to those associated organisations providing related products and services that may be of interest to you. These Organisations may contact you by post or by telephone concerning these offers. If you do not wish these organisations to contact you please tick here. The Direct Debit Guarantee This Guarantee is offered by all banks and building societies that accept instructions to pay Direct Debits. If there are any changes to the amount, date or frequency of your Direct Debit Royal Blind will notify you ten working days in advance of your account being debited or as otherwise

agreed. If you request Royal Blind to collect a payment, confirmation of the amount and date will be given to you at the time of the request. If an error is made in the payment of your Direct Debit, by Royal Blind or your bank or building society, you are entitled to a full and immediate refund of the amount paid from your bank or building society. If you receive a refund you are not

entitled to, you must pay it back when Royal Blind asks you to. You can cancel a Direct Debit at any time by simply contacting your bank or building society. Written confirmation may be required. Please also notify us.


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