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Living Paintings

“Boxes of magic” offer great comfort during isolation

22nd April 2020

As we all do our part by staying at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, feeling increasingly isolated and cut-off from the community is all too common for blind and partially sighted people.

For 73-year-old Danni, comfort comes in the form of the “boxes of magic” she continues to receive as a Living Paintings library member. While enjoying our tactile pictures, she feels the voices on the accompanying audio descriptions, “are like my real friends that guide me through these magical places. It feels as though I have friends with me at home”.

Danni says, “From my sofa I can visit art galleries, I can visit gardens, I can go bird watching. I can be taken out of myself and into another world, I can travel the world!”

Please Donate to help isolated blind people during Covid-19

Demand has increased dramatically this week, and we are absolutely committed to continuing to provide our library service. But we are facing huge challenges including the loss of significant income from planned fundraising events. Please give your support to ensure we can continue to operate in these difficult and unprecedented times.

A donation of £20 could provide an isolated blind person with Touch to See books for the next four months. Thank you.

“Boxes of magic” offer great comfort during isolation

I know how worried everyone is about the Corona virus and isolation, I think is almost a bigger problem as the virus itself, especially for blind and partially sighted people. I’m very lucky to have sent to me little magic boxes. Well, not quite so little perhaps, but magic boxes containing all sorts of pictures. I can, from my sofa, I can visit art galleries, I can visit gardens, I can go bird watching and I can do science experiments, even if I wish. So I know that during this period of isolation, I’m going to have a great comfort and I can be taken out of myself into another, into all sorts of different worlds and travel the world. It is so important to keep this service going for blind and partially sighted people. And if you could help us to do this, we would be so, so grateful. Thank you very much.

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