Usher Syndrome teenager appeals for donation of Kindles

Usher Syndrome teenager appeals for donation of Kindles

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Paul Miles

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Usher Syndrome teenager appeals for donation of Kindles

An inspirational Maidenhead teenager is calling on people to donate their second hand Kindles to give people suffering from a rare genetic condition the opportunity to read.

Molly Watt, who suffers from Usher Syndrome, was born deaf and only has limited vision in her right eye.

She cannot leave the house without her guidedog Uni or her cane as a matter of safety.

The 18-year-old created the Molly Watt Trust with her mum Jane in August last year as a way of helping others who share her condition.

Together they are now setting up their own 'Kindle bank' and appealing for people to donate any old e-books they may have lying around unused.

"The long and short of it is I discovered there was a need for people to read and without some sort of E-reader they were not able to do so," said mum Jane, of Oldacres.

"Doing this small thing would make a massive difference."

As part of its 'access to reading project' the trust has already managed to fund and provide about 30 of the devices to about people who suffer from the condition.

The e-readers are suitable for people with Usher Syndrome as they allow fonts to be enlarged and the contrast can be adjusted.

Mum-of-four Jane is hoping the fast moving world of technology and quick upgrades will mean more people will have a second-hand Kindle which they will be able to donate.

She has already contacted Amazon to ask for help and plans to introduce the scheme across the country.

"It could literally change somebody's life," she added.

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