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Two competitions, three author workshops 
and one Welly Walk for Raindrops 
this Nystagmus Awareness Day 

Story writing and drawing competition

for children aged 5 to 14, with or without nystagmus

The Nystagmus Network Raindrops children's competition celebrates the wonderful creativity of children’s writing and illustration.                                                                   
There will be prizes for each age category and the chance to join workshops with some of your favourite children's authors and illustrators along the way.

The best stories and drawings will be published in a special book which will be available to purchase from September 2021.

 

Closing date: Saturday 19 June

For competition details please click below.

Raindrops children's competition details

Photography competition for adults:

The Nystagmus Network Raindrops competition for adults gives you the opportunity to get creative with your camera and capture the essence of raindrops.

There will be prizes for the winning entries and all photographs will feature in a virtual exhibition for Nystagmus Awareness Day and at a physical exhibition at Open Day 2021 in Sheffield on Saturday 25 September.

For competition details please click below.

Raindrops adults' competition details

Meet an author

Three well known children's authors will be hosting Nystagmus Network online workshops for budding writers and illustrators this summer. Places are free. Book early to avoid disappointment. Suitable for children aged 7 years and up, with or without nystagmus.
Helen Rutter

Helen lives just outside Sheffield with her comedian husband, two children and two dogs.
Before writing her first novel, Helen wrote and performed her work on the stage. She has even done some stand up comedy - some of the inspiration for The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh! Before that she was a jobbing actress. Her very first role was playing Ruby in Jacqueline Wilson's Double Act, so maybe she was always destined to be involved with children's books! 
Helen now much prefers to write the stories than be in them!


Tuesday 20 April  4:30 – 5:30pm

Book Helen Rutter workshop here
Tim Pearce

Tim is a Sunday Times best selling author … in his dreams. Described by many as creative, passionate and short. In his spare time, when not writing, Tim is a football coach at Camberley Town Youth Football Club which has provided much of the inspiration for his books, including Secret Agent Striker. Tim’s mission is to create stories that keep children’s attention, with enough mystery to leave them wanting to read more, encouraging them to put away technology and use their imagination, whilst hopefully finding a new love for reading.

Monday 10 May  4:30 – 5:30pm

Book Tim Pearce workshop here
Claire Alexander

Claire lives in London and is a picture book author and illustrator. She runs courses on creating picture books as they are her passion.
As a child she pored over illustrations in picture books and loved drawing from an early age. She remembers being asked by friends to draw rabbits for them, but found reading very difficult. She only learned she was dyslexic and dysgraphic much later on in life. That explained her frustration and humiliation in the classroom and on the scrabble board. She wrote her book Back to Front and Upside Down based on her experiences, to help children overcome the shame of asking for help. She's also the author of A Little Bit Different and a brand new book, A Little Bit of Courage.


Thursday 17 June  4:30 – 5:30pm

Book Claire Alexander workshop here
The Welly Walk for Raindrops

Walk 5k for nystagmus on Saturday 19 or Sunday 20 June

To mark Nystagmus Awareness Day 2021 you’re invited to take part in the Welly Walk for Raindrops.

Whether it’s raining or not, we want you to join in the fun and walk 5k for nystagmus in your wellies on Saturday 19 or Sunday 20 June. Get the whole household along, including the dog and get sponsored.

Money raised from sponsorship of your Welly Walk will go directly into the Nystagmus Network research fund to help give us all hope for the future.

Prizes for everyone who raises £100 or more!
Set up your Welly Walk Justgiving page here
Why Raindrops?

On Nystagmus Awareness Day 2020 Josh shared with us his nystagmus success story for our ‘How amazing are you?’ campaign. He’s a primary school teacher, a Masters graduate and an accomplished musician and singer.

Josh says: “I think it’s really important to say that if you’re born with nystagmus, being visually impaired is normal. You’ve never known any different. You even forget that other people can see better than you. I only found out a couple of years ago that people can see rain. I can’t see it because of my nystagmus. I’d always assumed it was invisible to everyone.”

Thank you, Josh, for the inspiration.
 

Still to come in this issue
  • free run places - apply now!
  • dates of our April forums for parents, adults with CN and adults with AN

FREE PLACES in the virtual VMLM

We still have a couple of additional free run places in the virtual Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 3 October 2021. If you're ready to run 26 miles in your local area and would like to do it for the Nystagmus Network, please apply now.

Apply now

April Parents' Forum

The next virtual Parents’ Forum is at 8pm on Tuesday 13 April. Share experiences, make new friends and ask all your most burning questions.
Request to join the Parents' Forum here

Adults' Forum - Acquired Nystagmus

The next virtual AN Forum is at 5pm on Thursday 22 April. Share experiences, make new friends and ask us anything you like.
Request to join the AN Forum here

Adults' Forum - Congenital Nystagmus

The next virtual CN Forum is at 7pm on Tuesday 27 April. Share experiences, make new friends and feel free to ask us anything.
Request to join the CN Forum here

Did you know? You can now donate your unwanted books, DVDs, CDs and games to the Nystagmus Network
 

Download the Ziffit App

Scan your unwanted stuff

Nominate the Nystagmus Network to receive your donation

Box it up

Print your label

Contact free collection

Clear Your Clutter here
Thank you to our Easyfundraising shoppers. You've raised £153.02 in the latest quarter. That's enough to cover our phone bill for the Information and Support Line for six months.

Easyfundraising gives free donations to the Nystagmus Network every time you order something online with one of over 400 retailers. It doesn't cost you a penny. Please support us by signing up today. 


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Nystagmus Network weather lottery

Would you like the chance to win up to £25,000 every week for £1? Then please sign up to the Nystagmus Network weather lottery.

The proceeds help the charity continue to support the nystagmus community.

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It might help fund that elusive piece of research which leads to a cure for nystagmus.

That would be quite a legacy, wouldn't it?

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