Royal Blind Press Releases

Our press office handles all media enquiries for Royal Blind and our sister charity Scottish War Blinded.

The team drives news and feature articles in addition to providing a timely, efficient and reactive media service. 


Davina Shiell, Director of Marketing and Communications, Royal Blind

Tel: 0131 229 1456
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Bright future for Braille as charity opens new Scottish Braille Press

Staff gather outside the Scottish Braille Press

Press Release | 05/06/2018

Today, Royal Blind officially opened its new Scottish Braille Press premises and begins a modern chapter in the production of Braille, large print and audio publications for nearly two hundred thousand blind and partially sighted people in Scotland. 


‘Name the Buildings’ competition launched in Paisley.

 ‘Name the Buildings’ competition launched in Paisley.

Press Release

A competition to name two new buildings that are soon to begin construction has been launched in Paisley.


#Blind4Day: Royal Blind launches blindfold charity challenge

#Blind4Day: Royal Blind launches blindfold charity challenge

Press Release | 26/01/2016

People across the country are being challenged to blindfold themselves for a day to raise money for Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation, Royal Blind.


'Therapony' proves big hit with care home residents

Smiling resident hugs mini Shetland pony

Press Release | 21/09/2017

Residents of a care home for blind and partially sighted older people were paid a visit by a special four-legged friend.


A Royal opening at the Royal Blind School

The Royal Blind School in Morningside

Press Release | 27/11/2014

In a historic day for the Royal Blind School, the re-developed school building in Morningside is today (Nov 27) officially opened by the charity’s Patron, His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester.


Aerospace company adapts technology for Royal Blind School pupils

Robbie uses the Smart platform

Press Release | 05/03/2018

A futuristic piece of technology has been adapted by a leading aerospace company to help young blind pupils find their way to class.

Apprentices working at Edinburgh-based company, Leonardo, have adapted sensor technology to help Royal Blind School pupils who are wheelchair users to navigate around the school more easily.


Art Students Support Royal Blind School Pupils in Move to Different Campus

Art Students Support Royal Blind School Pupils in Move to Different Campus

Press Release | 07/11/2013

Students at Edinburgh College of Art are designing an art project to help Royal Blind School pupils remember their historic Craigmillar Park campus after it closes in Summer 2014 and relocates all pupils to its Canaan Lane campus in Morningside.

The four third year art students have taken elements of sound from the Craigmillar Park campus including footsteps, voices and the sound of the lift to create an art installation that will be presented to the pupils on Friday 8 November.


Artist Jonathan Freemantle Paints for Royal Blind

Artist Jonathan Freemantle Paints for Royal Blind

Press Release | 11/02/2014

Jonathan Freemantle, a South-African born artist residing in Edinburgh, has donated a specially commissioned piece of art to raise funds to support blind and partially sighted people.

The artist has donated a work of art to Scottish charity Royal Blind, which will be sold at an art exhibition during the charity’s fundraising week next month.

 Jonathan Freemantle has been creating art in Edinburgh since 2006 and recently founded the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival with his wife, former model Anna Freemantle. Jonathan said:


Author Danny Weston leads creative writing workshop with visually impaired students

Author Philip Caveney speaks to student with laptop

Press Release | 22/09/2016

Aspiring young writers at the Royal Blind School were taught some tricks of the trade by one of their favourite authors during a creative writing workshop.


Bestselling crime author Alex Gray visits Scottish Braille Press

Author Alex Gray poses with Braille editions of her new book The Darkest Goodbye

Press Release | 29/02/2016

Celebrated crime author, Alex Gray, has praised the work of the Scottish Braille Press in making literature accessible for blind people after meeting the team who are producing the Braille edition of her much-anticipated new novel.