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. 

Contact:

Davina Shiell, Director of Marketing and Communications, Royal Blind

Tel: 0131 229 1456
Mobile: 07713 987 7970

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Charities combine to combat sight and hearing loss

Scottish War Blinded Member Isa Scott with the new sight and hearing loss guide.

Press Release | 08/01/2019

Three of Scotland’s leading charities have combined forces to raise awareness among Scotland’s veterans of the need to act swiftly if they are having problems with their hearing or vision. Scotland's Veterans Commissioner has welcomed the collaboration by Scottish War Blinded, Age Scotland and Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, who have jointly called for action to raise awareness among veterans of the risks of losing their sight or hearing.

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Charities unite to tackle lead cause of blindness

Charities unite to tackle lead cause of blindness

Press Release | 09/02/2018

Scottish War Blinded is one of four leading sight loss charities have announced a unique partnership to find a treatment for one of the world’s leading causes of blindness.  

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Charity calls for action to support record number of pupils with visual impairment

A pupil at the Royal Blind School typing on a braille keyboard.

Press Release | 31/03/2020

New figures published by the Scottish Government show the numbers of pupils with vision impairment in Scotland’s schools has more than doubled over the last ten years, leading to a call from Scotland’s largest visual impairment charity for increased specialist support. Royal Blind is calling on local authorities and the Scottish Government to take urgent action to improve support for blind and partially sighted pupils. 
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Charity calls for investment in training for qualified teachers of visually impaired

Charity calls for investment in training for qualified teachers of visually impaired

Press Release | 02/05/2015

Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation has called on the Scottish Government to increase investment in training more Qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired and to strengthen the provision of specialist resources for blind and partially sighted pupils.

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Charity calls for level playing field in learning for blind and partially sighted pupils

A pupil at the Royal Blind School with a teacher.

Press Release | 23/10/2018

Today (Tuesday 23 October), Scotland’s largest sight loss charity is launching a new campaign calling for better chances in education for pupils with vision impairment. Royal Blind is taking forward its campaign “Our Vision for Equal Education” which highlights the need for increased support in Scotland’s schools for blind and partially sighted pupils.

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Charity calls for urgent action to support increasing number of pupils with vision impairment

Royal Blind School pupil typing Braille

Press Release | 12/03/2019

New figures published today by the Scottish Government show the numbers of pupils with vision impairment in Scotland’s schools has more than doubled over the last ten years, leading to a call from Scotland’s largest vision impairment charity for increased specialist support. Royal Blind is calling on local authorities and the Scottish Government to take urgent action to improve support for blind and partially sighted pupils.  

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Charity concern over rising attainment gap for blind and partially sighted pupils

Pupil and teacher in a classroom at the Royal Blind School

Press Release | 25/02/2020

Today Royal Blind has raised concerns over new figures which show a widening gap for pupils with visual impairment progressing to positive destinations compared to pupils without additional support needs.  The Scottish Government’s new figures on leaver destinations published today show that there has been a decrease in the number of pupils with visual impairment who progress to higher education, training or employment. 

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Christopher Brookmyre donates exclusive prize to visual impairment charity

Christopher Brookmyre portrait

Press Release | 26/05/2017

Crime fiction fans will have the chance to have a character named after them in an award-winning author’s next work, thanks to a leading Edinburgh charity.

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Comedienne Jo Caulfield Announced as Host for Scotland's Favourite Burns Night for Ladies

Comedienne Jo Caulfield Announced as Host for Scotland's Favourite Burns Night for Ladies

Press Release | 27/08/2013

Royal Blind is delighted to announce comedienne and writer Jo Caulfield, star of Radio and TV shows including ‘Mock The Week’ and ‘Have I Got News For You’, as the host of its extremely popular Burns Night for ladies ‘Rabbie’s Girls’. 

This unique event, one of the highlights of Edinburgh’s social calendar, is returning for its fourth year and taking place at the Balmoral Hotel on Friday 31st January 2014.

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Crime author to name character after highest bidder in charity auction

Alex Gray holds a Braille copy of her book the Darkest Goodbye

Press Release | 20/07/2017

A Scottish crime writer is offering one lucky reader the chance to appear in her next book.

Alex Gray, author of the DCI Lorimer series, is donating the unique prize to sight loss charity Royal Blind as part of a new fundraising event, Afternoon Tea with Scotland’s Crime Writers.

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