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Amy adores Christmas. She has been learning at the Royal Blind School since she was 7 years old and stays at our residential service on weekdays.

Amy was born blind and has no light perception. But she loves throwing crackly tinsel on the branches and wrapping trees with strings of Christmas lights. She loves the smell of pine and feeling the shapes and textures of decorations as she hangs them on branches.

She loves to hang up Christmas lights and feel the warmth of the lights in her fingers, even though she cannot see the light. Some of Amy’s housemates can sense light and different colours and love to interact with the sensory light equipment. This winter, we hope to provide new sensory light equipment to the children and young people who live in our residential services. The children and young people would use the equipment every day for stimulation and enjoyment, supporting their development.

Please consider donating to help us give new sensory equipment to Amy and all those in our residential service. Donate here. 

Amy, a Royal Blind School pupil

We tailor our sessions to the specific needs of each child or young person. We would love to use some new sensory light equipment to create some interactive experiences for children. Those with some vision can use their limited sight to enjoy the random colours and shapes to help relax and unwind.

- Chelsea Chalmers, Care and Nursing Services Manager

We would love you to help make Amy’s Christmas extra special by decorating a Christmas bauble that Amy and her friends can hang on their Christmas tree. You can even include a special Christmas message for Amy and her housemates.

1) Design your bauble! Include a festive message or draw a winter scene. Remember to include your name on the back.

2) Fill in the donation form or donate here via our online portal.

3) Pop the bauble in the post to:
The Elves, Sight Scotland, 2A Robertson Avenue, Edinburgh EH11 1PZ

4) Have a Merry Christmas!

Decorate a bauble using our downloadable file

Get decorating!

Download your bauble using the button below!

Help us light up Christmas!

Maybe it has been a little while since you last made a donation? Then you may be interested in helping us to raise funds for sensory equipment for Amy and all those who live in our residential service. 

Here are some frequently asked questions about Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a government scheme that enables charities to claim the basic rate of tax on donations you have made to a charity. This means that if you're a tax payer, your donations are increased by 25% at no extra cost to you! So for every £1 donated, we can claim back 25p.

Your donation will qualify as long as you have paid at least as much Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax as the amount of Gift Aid the charity will claim on your donation.  You must inform the charity if you stop paying enough tax or if you want to cancel your declaration. Find out more on the UK Government’s website.

You are entitled to cancel your declaration at any time. You need to let us know that you want to cancel the declaration. You can call us on 0131 446 3089 or email us at fundraising@sightscotland.org.uk