Royal National College for the Blind

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Come and see RNC!

Our Charity Partners The Royal National College for the Blind are thrilled to launch a new College film made by ‘More Creative’, featuring their very own Outreach and Events Officer, Tom. The film gives a brief overview of what it’s like to study at RNC. This year, it’s unlikely that the staff will be able to travel around the UK to recruit new students in the normal way so they are asking you to share this film to all of your friends. It will help RNC’s message reach far and wide and hopefully find a family that really needs the support of a College like theirs.

Student Strongman Launches Fundraising Appeal for New Gym

Strongman competitor Chris Colbert, a student at The Royal National College for the Blind, has been using ‘lockdown’ to keep up his impressive weight training programme at home. Chris, who was registered blind at an early age, is determined to be ready for several strong man competitions, at least one of which has been delayed by the pandemic. The national competition, ‘Britain’s Disabled Strongman’ should have taken place in May 2020 and is awaiting rescheduling while Chris’s local competition, ‘England’s Most Powerful Man 2020’ is hoped to go ahead on 3 October. All of RNC’s residential students returned home in March 2020 – with remote support during lockdown – and Chris has used his time wisely to train in his garden using specialist weights. His current personal best (PB) is an impressive 240kg and he has been receiving one-to-one training from nationally acclaimed strongman Andrew Lumley as well as his gym, Viking Power & Strength’, both in Doncaster.

Mobility and Braille Team Collaborate with Hereford’s Old Market Shopping Centre

On Tuesday 21 July, members of The Royal National College for the Blind’s Mobility and Braille Team met with Alan Alderson and Samantha Williams of the British Land Company, who own and run Hereford’s Old Market shopping centre. Three members of the Team have a visual impairment (VI), so it was an opportunity to offer advice and guidance, from both a personal and professional perspective, on the new shopping procedures that have been implemented since lockdown ended. Alan and Sam took the Team – Richard Cook, Tony Hodgson (with guide dog, Heidi), Leahana Parry (aka Flea) and Kerry Pickering for a tour around the Old Market site and discussed some of the adaptations and minor tweaks that could be made to make life a little easier for the VI community.

End of Year Student Awards 2020

This hasn’t been the year the College anticipated and, of course, they would normally be holding the End of Year Student Awards on campus. But not to be deterred, they decided to go ahead and hold them virtually.