Blind World Magazine

Free postal service extended.

August 29, 2005.
Glasgow Evening Times, Scotland.

ROYAL MAIL is extending its free postal service for blind and partially-sighted people.

This service allows people registered blind and partially-sighted to send items designed for the visually impaired for free.

Large-print items can now also be sent free under the scheme, which has been developed with the Royal National Institute of the Blind.

Other items which can be sent free of charge include talking books and newspapers, collapsible walking sticks and guide dog harnesses.

Steve Winyard, head of public policy at the Royal National Institute of the Blind, said: "RNIB is delighted that Royal Mail is including large-print items within the Articles for the Blind Scheme.

"The changes will mean many more blind and partially-sighted people are able to benefit from this excellent service."

Sharon Palmer of Royal Mail said: "Royal Mail has offered a special service for blind people for nearly a century. Each year, more than seven million items are sent using the service."

Customers are also entitled to free collections of items to be sent through the Articles for the Blind scheme. Call 08457 740 740 for details.

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