Blind man flooded with offers from people wanting to read to him

Published Monday, Oct 13 2014, 18:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
A blind man who advertised for someone to read to him has been swamped with offers, restoring faith in humanity!

Andrew Bailey, 34, suffers from the degenerative disease Friedreich's ataxia, which means he has gradually been losing his sight.

And one of the things he's found hardest about the condition is that he has been unable to read properly for the last 15 years.

Stack of books

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So the chap from Nunhead, south-east London, asked his carer to jot out an advert for someone to read to him once or twice a week, and it was then placed in a local bookshop.

The emotional ad read: "There has been a huge empty space left in my life. I got much pleasure from reading."

Passer-by Dec Munro noticed the sign on Saturday (11 October) and decided to post it on Twitter, where it's been retweeted more than 1,250 times.

Since then, Andrew's carer has said they have been inundated with offers of help.

Andrew was quoted in the Daily Mail explaining that audio books can sound "too robotic" and expressed his gratitude to the overwhelming response.

He said: "It makes me feel very good. There are nice people out there. It's very reassuring."

Dec from Crouch End, North London, said: "It seemed like a nice thing to do. I absolutely love reading and the idea of not being able to do it is horrible. I didn't expect anyone to retweet it more than twice, never mind 1,000 times."

Andrew, who has a degree in American Studies, has about 100 books he wants to read, and with so many offering help, it looks like he'll be able to get through his bucket list after all.

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