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RNIB awarded People’s Postcode Lottery funding

The charity will use the £1m grant to expand its peer-to-peer support network

An RNIB Connect community visit

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has received £1m in funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

The charity will use the money to mobilise and grow its peer-to-peer support network and help change public attitudes towards sight loss, it confirmed.

In working to meet these goals, the RNIB will invest in its Connect community, including its Connect Radio.

The charity will develop new programmes for Connect community, a platform that enables people with sight loss to meet each other and share their experiences face-to-face and online.

Head of public fundraising at the RNIB, Alex McDowell, said: “The funding we receive will make a huge difference to the millions of people living with sight loss across Great Britain and we look forward to working together to break down the barriers facing blind and partially sighted people.”

The People’s Postcode Lottery’s Hazel Johnstone added: “This is an exciting partnership between RNIB and players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The funding raised by players will help many blind and partially sighted people over the next year and we’re really thrilled about that.”

The People’s Postcode Lottery was founded in 2005 and has raised more than £382m for good causes.