10th Birthday for Living Paintings Trust
9 Sep 1999
The Living Paintings Trust celebrated its 10th Birthday with an Open Day at Highclere Castle for its supporters and volunteers. The Trust has designed a successful method for explaining pictures to those who cannot see them, and has created a free Library service for 2600 visually impaired people. 50 popular illustrated children’s books have been made accessible for visually impaired children.
The Birthday cake is cut by Alison Oldland, the founder. The Countess of Carnavon is on the left, then Sir George Young and Tony Castleton, Vice Chairman and himself blind.
Speaking at the function, Sir George said there were three ingredients to the Trust’s success. “A brilliant idea, aimed at restoring a dimension which the visually handicapped have lost. Second, a hard-headed management approach, turning the idea into practice, delivering it, developing a five year strategy, carrying out research and development. Thirdly, the tremendous support from the volunteers without which the Trust could not have enjoyed such success over the past ten years.”
Sir George congratulated the trust on raising £1.1m over the past ten years, and wished it well with its plans for raising £2.5m over the next five.
 
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