Doctor Who Touch to See Books - Living Paintings

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Louis sitting on a chair in front of a Doctor Who poster and holding a tactile picture.

Meet Louis

Louis Moorhouse, from Bradford has been blind since he was 18 months old.

Now aged 19, and about to finish his first year at University, Louis has been a beneficiary of Living Paintings Touch to See library since childhood; enjoying and learning from the audio tactile images and books, developing skills and experiencing things his sighted peers take for granted.

The idea

Recently Louis approached us with a brilliant idea: to create a Touch to See book based on the greatly loved character: Doctor Who.

 “I’m a big fan of the show Doctor Who, but I have yet to fully meet the weird and wonderful characters, aliens, monsters and devices from the show because I can’t see them.

If I could sum up what I think is the most important thing about my campaign I would ask a sighted person to just imagine – close your eyes and now imagine you can’t open them ever again. This is how it is and now you want to read a book or watch Doctor Who. How are you going to do that? How important is reading a book to you? As a sighted person how would you feel if that was taken away from you and you couldn’t read anymore?

Then you discover Living Paintings and the books are full of characters you’ve heard about and imagined all the time, they’ve been on TV, you’ve listened to the audio books, you may have had the books read to you and you never quite understood what they looked like and now, because of Living Paintings you do.”

 Louis Moorhouse

We sprung into action, gaining permission from the BBC to proceed with the project and planning for not one book but three; each featuring tactile images of The Doctor in various incarnations along with many other characters (like the Daleks) from the cult TV show. The books will be accompanied by audio soundtracks for which we hope to enlist the help of one or more of the fabulous actors to take on the iconic role since the programme first launched in 1963.  We are ready to go but don’t have the money.

Can you help Louis raise £15,000?

We’ve had the honour of watching Louis grow up with our special Touch to See books and it touches our heart to know what a difference our work has made in helping him to become the inspirational young man he is today.  So when he came to us asking if we could help him ‘see’ images from Doctor Who, the answer was a resounding ‘yes’…. but.

This will be the most amazing project but what is so special about it is that Louis has taken on the very big challenge of raising the money to make it possible. Even more incredible is that this isn’t just for him – he wants other blind people to benefit too, please help Louis in his mission by visiting, sharing and supporting his Crowd Funder campaign or by directly donating online, if you do donate online, please let us know in the message box that your donation is for Louis’ campaign. Thank you.

We can’t wait to get going with revealing the iconic images of Doctor Who to all our blind beneficiaries and support his efforts every step of the way.

You can do it Louis!

Louis smiling at the camera

UPDATE: Louis has reached his original £15,000 target but has decided to keep his campaign running and explained why:

“Living Paintings has had such a hugely positive impact on my life, from the first time I received a book and found out what Thomas the Tank Engine looks like (until then I had no idea what a train with a face could possibly mean), to helping me learn to read and express myself. I wouldn’t be who I am today without this wonderful charity and I hope people continue to support me on this journey so I can help other children facing the struggles I overcame with their help.”

We hope you continue to support Louis by donating to and sharing his campaign as he works towards his stretched target of £25,000!

Thank you Louis!

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