Afternoon tea party in Peebles raise £4,000 for books for the blind – RNIB

An afternoon tea at Peebles Hydro raised a remarkable £4,000 – enough for two new audio-books for blind and partially sighted adults and children.

The fundraising event, organised by local optician Linda Quinn in support of sight loss charity RNIB Scotland, was attended by 170 people.

The sum raised was matched by the Tesco Bags of Help votes, after customers at the store voted for the money raised by this initiative to go RNIB ‘Talking Books’. The In Chorus community choir, which entertained guests during the event, also donated £250 themselves.

Angela Preston, fundraising manager for RNIB Scotland and a Peebles resident herself, said: “This takes the total sum raised by the Peebles Community ‘Talking Book’ drive to a magnificent £19,000 since the town became Britain’s first to raise funds as a community last year.

“We’d also like to say a special thanks to local businesses Harrisons Ford and Higgins Opticians for sponsoring the welcome drinks, Forsyth’s for sponsoring a table, Rogersons for their donation, and to Stobo Castle spa for donating the star-prize of a spa-day.

“Thanks, too, to the many local businesses who donated over 100 raffle and auction prizes, it was most appreciated.

“Because RNIB ‘Talking Books’ are professionally narrated and recorded they do cost up to £2,500 to each to produce. But thanks to Peebles, more people with sight loss can enjoy the same books as everyone else.”

* Photo shows (left to right) – Corrine MacRaild RNIB volunteer, Angela Preston, Pauline Weir (Tesco Community Champion) and Linda Quinn.