Weekly digest, 2 April 2021

Social media posts, events and highlights of the past 7 days
Make it Rain
We let everyone know about the Raindrops children's story writing and drawing competition and Raindrops photographic competition and, for inspiration, encouraged them to participate in “make it rain” which is a series of films and activities from the British Library sound archive which we hope will  inspire everyone  with their photographs and stories.

Meet the Author event
Children with and without nystagmus, aged 5 to 14, were invited to take part in the Raindrops children's story writing and drawing competition for Nystagmus Awareness Day 2021. The closing date is 19 June.
This week we introduced three well known children's authors, Tim Pearce, Helen Rutter and Claire Alexander who have kindly agreed to support us with our competition. We invited everyone to join them in our Interactive Online Workshops  for tips, advice and inspiration during three on line sessions scheduled over the next few weeks. Children are invited to email their questions and comments in advance.  

Message from Tim Pearce
Tim kindly contacted us to say how proud he was to be supporting the charity and to be a judge in the competition. He has a special surprise for us which he will reveal during his workshop on 10 May  at 4:30pm.

A Focus on Mobility
As lockdown restrictions start to ease for everyone, we invited our VI friends to tell us about mobility techniques and aids that they find  particularly useful. This provided a platform to share useful tips and ideas which we intend to share during our forthcoming Zoom meetings. We are also planning to publish a general mobility guide for people with nystagmus.

Congenital Nystagmus Zoom Meeting 
The Adults Congenital Nystagmus group met for our monthly session. Our chosen subject was resilience. This sparked some interesting debate and comments about how people had coped  generally during lockdown. 
Welly Walk for Raindrops
Everyone is invited to take to take part in a 5k sponsored Welly Walk, wearing their wellies, on 19 or 20 June 2021 in support of Raindrops and Nystagmus Awareness Day.

500 miles in 8 days on a bike
That's Sam's challenge of a lifetime, this June, in Scotland for the Nystagmus Network. This is the latest and possibly most arduous challenge our friend and colleague, Sam has taken on for the charity.
Please show him your support
Thank you.
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