St Albans entrepreneurs prove blindness is no barrier in designing cards

PUBLISHED: 11:58 09 December 2014

Natasha 17, Nicola 16, mentor Sinead Howland, Paulinha 17, Daniel 16 from team Miracle Workers

Natasha 17, Nicola 16, mentor Sinead Howland, Paulinha 17, Daniel 16 from team Miracle Workers

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A blind man with a neurological condition has designed Christmas cards to help out the charity which he accesses for support.

Nathaniel Felton designed the cards to make money for Hertfordshire Society for the Blind.

He has lost 70 per cent of his sight, due to the progressive disorder. He also designed the cards for his children, Zoe, 13, and eight-year-old Maya.

He said: “Art and blindness is not a natural combination. You need reasonably good eyes to see what you are doing.

“On a personal level, this allowed me to express my thoughts and colours in a card. I thought of the cause it was serving.”

All proceeds from the sale of the cards, will go to the independent local registered charity, which provides services, advice and information to blind and partially-sighted people, their families, carers and relevant organisations.

The cards are being produced by students from Samuel Ryder Academy, in Drakes Drive, who are meeting a series of challenges to drum up cash for charity.

It is part of a community initiative called Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge, which is run by the Centre for Voluntary Service (CVS). It provides a platform, to link school pupils and college students with local businesses, charities and community groups. The aim of the challenge is to raise money through organised events and selling products to the community.

The students undertaking this Christmas card project, go under the team name of Miracle Workers. Their volunteer mentor is ‘Dragon’ Sinead Howland, 39, who lives in Goldsmith Way, St Albans, and runs her own career coaching service.

She said: “I am very proud of the team. Their enthusiasm for raising money and awareness is inspiring.

“They really have understood the importance of supporting a small charity, which does so much for the local community.”

The project has been supported by the Print Shop in St Albans, and Rapid Envelopes. The cards will come in packs of five, with prices starting from £3.

The first event that the Miracle Workers held was a children’s Halloween party at Relish burger bar, in the city centre, raising around £200 for the charity.

They will be selling the cards at St Albans Christmas Market tomorrow, Wednesday, December 10. They are also available from St Albans Tourist Information Centre, in Market Place, or by emailing sinead@sineadhowland.co.uk

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