Vote now and help the Royal Blind School win £45,000 for its Courtyards Project

Posted: 16/04/2018 | Education,

Royal Blind School pupils are calling for YOUR vote to secure £45,000 of National Lottery funding.

The Royal Blind School in Morningside, Edinburgh, is one of five groups in the East of Scotland in the running for a share of up to £150,000 of funding from the People’s Projects.

The school will use the grant to purchase specialist equipment for outdoor lessons and for specialist playground equipment that can be used by children with disabilities. Vote now! 

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Royal Blind School Depute Head Teacher, Dominic Everett, said: “Too often children with a vision impairment are unable to access play areas in the same way as their sighted peers. They are not able to experience the freedom and exhilaration of outdoor play.

“We aim to open up areas in the school to enhance Sensory Play, Active Play and outdoor learning through the creation of a kitchen garden. Pupils can help grow fruit and vegetables from seed to the kitchen. Crucial things that sighted people take for granted but need to be taught to and nurtured with our children and young people. The playground development will have a significant impact on the development of pupils at the Royal Blind School.”

Now in its 13th year, the Big Lottery Fund, STV and The National Lottery are teaming up to give the public a chance to decide how National Lottery funding should be put to good use in their local area.

Designed to celebrate some of the incredible projects the Big Lottery Fund has supported over the past year, 95 community-based schemes are now shortlisted across the UK. In each region, the three with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000. This will help them to continue their work to improve local people’s lives. The entire amount up for grabs across the UK is a life-changing £3 million.

On Thursday 19 April a short film about Royal Blind’s Courtyards Project will be shown on STV2's Live at Five programme.

Now the Royal Blind School is calling on viewers to support its bid. Voting opens at 9am on Monday 16 April at

Martin Cawley, Director for Scotland of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “As the largest funder of community activity in the UK, we are proud to support grassroots groups that are using the vision, determination and drive of local people to strengthen communities. The People’s Projects showcases the best of these and is a chance for you to have your say on how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community.”

Since 2005, around £39 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, National Lottery and ITV/STV partnership to 865 Good Causes across the UK.

Voting closes at midday on Monday 30 April 2018. People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote**. To support the Royal Blind School and for Ts & Cs please visit