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
Mobile: 07713 987 7970

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Head Teacher of Royal Blind School Retires

Head teacher Elaine smiling behind her desk

Press Release | 30/05/2019

The Head Teacher of the Royal Blind School has announced her retirement.

Elaine Brackenridge, who has worked at the Royal Blind School for the last ten years – first as Depute Head and then as Head Teacher since 2013 – retires from her position this month.


Historic Edinburgh business to expand after record growth

City West building

Press Release | 18/04/2017

An historic Edinburgh business will relocate to a larger premises as it prepares to boost its workforce.


Ian Rankin and Alex Gray back braille book giveaway

Ian Rankin and Alex Gray back braille book giveaway

Press Release

Two of Scotland's most popular crime writers are supporting Royal Blind’s move to give away 50 free braille books during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Ian Rankin and Alex Gray are among the authors whose novels are available in braille as part of the giveaway.


Ian Rankin presents Royal Blind School student with creative writing prize

Andrew Pettigrew and Ian Rankin

Press Release | 21/04/2016

A teenager who is one of just ten students in Scotland to win a prestigious writing award was today presented with his prizes by Scottish crime writer, Ian Rankin.

Impact of mindfulness on children with disabilities captured in new book

Pupil and staff member during mindfulness event

Press Release | 29/10/2015

A school-based programme that demonstrated how mindfulness can help children with disabilities has been captured in a new book, launched by Children in Scotland.


In-house pub 'Jenny's Bar' opens at Paisley Care Home

Manager Stewart hands resident a beer

Press Release | 16/08/2019

Residents at Jenny’s Well, Royal Blind’s care home in Paisley, can now enjoy popping to the pub for a drink with their friends, in a special pub created inside the care home.


Information day planned to promote new jobs in Paisley

Information day planned to promote new jobs in Paisley

Press Release | 05/05/2017

Jobseekers are invited to attend an information day to find out more about 150 new jobs being created in Paisley.


Intrepid charity champions to take on 26-mile mountain trek challenge

Ciara and family on the beach

Press Release | 17/06/2016

A mum-of-two will trek the length of a marathon through some of Scotland’s toughest terrain in just 12 hours to raise money for the charity that cares for her daughter.


Join us for Afternoon Tea with Scotland’s Crime Writers

afternoon tea flyer

Press Release | 12/09/2017

Crime fiction fans are invited to dine with three prominent Scottish crime fiction authors in luxury surroundings – while raising money for children and adults with sight loss.


Jolomo Paints for Royal Blind

Jolomo Paints for Royal Blind

Press Release | 13/02/2014

Popular Scottish artist John Lowrie Morrison –affectionately known as Jolomo – has kindly donated a painting to raise funds to support blind and visually impaired people.

Jolomo, who has become synonymous with Scottish landscape painting, has donated a work of art worth £2,000 to Scottish charity Royal Blind, which will be sold at an art exhibition during the charity’s fundraising week later this month.