NIVO (National Independent Vending Operators) was delighted to be able to support a special day out at West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, on 16th January for over 170 children, organised by RNIB (Action for the Blind) . The visually impaired children, their siblings, parents and carers experienced a special audio description showing of James and the Giant Peach, sponsored by NIVO from the money raised by auctions and raffles at their recent events. They were also able to give each child a ‘goody bag’ from the kind donations of some of their supply partners.
Once the children were seated in the theatre, the actors came out into the audience to meet them and let them feel the cloth and experience the costumes of the cast. The magical performance included the giant peach leaping over the heads of the audience to the delight of the children who, with their arms above their heads, managed to push the peach up each time it dropped.
During the interval, NIVO business manager Michelle Hefferon had the privilege of presenting some RNIB ‘pen friends’ to 8 individuals. NIVO Chairman Michael Levi, who is himself visually impaired, chose the device, which labels items and then tells the user exactly what it is. For example, ‘black Shoes’ or ‘brown jacket’. CDs, books, lamp, and any other item that a child needs to be aware of can be labelled.
Michelle said: “We are only too pleased to be able to support this event. We look forward to being able to continue to do so with the support of our members and supply partners who help us to raise the much appreciated funds to do so.”
NIVO extends its thanks to Walkers Crisps, Coffetek, Burts Chips, Ferrero, Fruitbowl, Britvic, Bronte biscuits, Sweet Moments, Weetabix, KP Snacks, Barrs, Bunzl and RPC who supported the goody bags.