Stuart McMillan MSP hosted RNIB at the Scottish Parliament to mark their 150th Anniversary on Tuesday 18 December 2018.
The Greenock and Inverclyde MSP welcomed over 200 visitors to Holyrood for the event, which involved music and guest speakers in the celebration of the RNIB’s life-changing work.
Commenting after the event, the local SNP MSP said:
“It was a pleasure to sponsor RNIB’s 150th Anniversary reception at the Parliament. As Convenor of the Cross-Party Group for Visual Impairment, I appreciate the amazing work the charity has done in the past, and is doing currently, to support people with sight loss in Scotland and across the UK as a whole.
“Since day one, RNIB has been at the forefront of advocating for equal opportunities for blind and partially sighted people. They have developed resources that make life easier for people living with sight loss, starting with producing the UK’s first key to the braille alphabet and music notation in 1870, then the first dictionary of braille contractions in 1893, building the first Talking Books recording studio in 1937 and producing the first talking newspaper in 1970.
“Today, RNIB Scotland supports over 170,000 blind and partially sighted people across Scotland – providing services, campaigning for a fairer society for people with sight loss, and working to raise awareness of the importance of looking after your eye health, including taking up Scotland’s free eye health tests every two years.
“I’m grateful to RNIB for their hard work and dedication. People living with sight loss in the UK are definitely better off thanks to their efforts.”
RNIB Scotland’s director James Adams said:
“We are very grateful to Stuart for hosting RNIB’s reception in the Scottish Parliament, and for all his work on behalf of people with sight loss, and the organisations that support them, as chair of the Cross Party Group on Visual Impairment.
“On Tuesday night we had a chance to listen to two very talented musicians who have sight loss, harpist Fiona Kyle and singer Amy Gilbert, and to hear some of our members speak about how RNIB has helped them live full and independent lives. The reception culminated RNIB’s 150th anniversary year, and it was immensely encouraging to think how the life-chances of blind and partially sighted people have improved so much since we were founded.
“We’re not perfect yet, by any means, but I think we have made strides towards the kinder, caring and more inclusive Scotland that we all want.”