Once this goal is reached with your help, Patrick Phipps will be donating THE ENTIRE BRAILLE EDITION OF TWISTED LANES to institutions, groups, colleges and libraries across the UK!
The Overwhelming Statistics:
Sight advice FAQ reported that over two million people in the UK live with sight loss, that’s around one person in 30. In 2014, around 350,000 of those were registered with their local authority as blind or partially sighted. It is predicted that by 2030 the number of people with sight loss in the UK will rise to over 2,700,000 and by 2050 will double to nearly four million. This showing that blind and partially sighted people make up a large part of our community, yet blind readers face a dramatically limited choice of book titles and are therefore limited to only being able to read what is sparsely available to them. Only 7% of books are available in large print, unabridged audio and braille.
These statistics are astonishing, and they stand to highlight how marginalised this particular group of readers are. The lack of variety for people of all ages, races and cultures to be able to pick up a braille book they would love to read is unacceptable and this needs to change. As well as being a tool of education, books serve to enrich the imaginations of the people reading them.
Unfortunately, like most things, the solutions come down to funding and this is the very reason why we need your help via this Go Fund Me Campaign, the success of which will fund a selection of Braille version of Twisted Lanes to be able to be curated! After researching the cost of creating these braille editions put together this Go Fund Me campaign to get the project off the ground and make it possible! Braille books are not cheap to create but they will be totally worth-it knowing that they will be received and enjoyed again and again by those who deserve to get lost in a good story as much as anyone else does,making the end goal totally invaluable.
A good read has the ability to take us away from the mundane and open up our senses to whole new worlds and concepts, igniting dreams and stirring passions. Books can nurture our ability to empathise with others as we connect with the characters within stories that we read, allowing us to draw from lessons learned throughout the plot. This was Patrick Phipps' vision when he wrote Twisted Lanes. He says: "I wanted to create key characters and a strong inter-connected story line between these characters, that would be relate-able to others. I was particularly interested in the stories and their lessons reaching out to young people and ethnic minorities, as well as those who may be vulnerable and still learning about how vital and influential the choices that they make are, not only to their own lives, but also to the lives of others. Equally, I wanted for everyone who picked up the book and read through its pages to find it relate-able and to take on its lessons".
To make a contribution to this GO Fund Me Campaign