Michael has expressed his delight at the progress the Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) has made in the past year. As the charity’s President, Michael recently met with the Chief Executive, Dr. Tom Pey, to discuss future projects.
In January 2017, the Royal Society for Blind Children and Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB), which was based in Sevenoaks, merged to create RSBC. The new charity has the patronage of Her Majesty The Queen and employs 100 people.
At the meeting, Dr. Pey informed Michael that, by 2020, he hopes the charity will have helped 11,000 blind and partially sighted children and young people in England and Wales. The charity recorded an annual turnover of around £3.7 million.
Dr. Pey and Michael reviewed the recent success of RSBC’s new social innovation organisation, Wayfindr, which aims to improve independent travel for vision-impaired people. The new indoor-navigation programme, which was successfully tested on London Underground, is going global and has attracted the support from organisations such as Google.
Michael said: ‘With income up, more innovation, and ambition sky-high, it’s great to know such a vital charity is doing so well. I am proud to be part of RSBC, which originated here in Sevenoaks, and commend Tom for all his hard work.’