London Stock Exchange today welcomed leading sight loss charity RNIB

The London Stock Exchange today welcomed leading sight loss charity RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) in opening the markets for the first day of trading in 2016.

The charity, which provides practical and emotional support to people across the UK who are blind or partially sighted, was invited to take part in the ceremony which marks the start of trading on the world’s most international market.

Marc Powell, who works as a corporate partnerships officer at RNIB and is a former judo player that competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, was given the honour of officially opening the markets this morning (Monday 4 January 2016).

Joined by senior members of staff from RNIB, including Group Director of Fundraising Wanda Hamilton, Marc opened the markets using a bespoke engraved glass tablet ‘key’ which was then handed to him as a memento of the day.

RNIB supporter Ashish Goyal, the world’s first blind trader, also attended the event and took the opportunity to speak about his personal journey with sight loss and the importance of employers giving blind and partially sighted people the opportunity to work. Ashish is still the only visually impaired person globally in the financial markets.

RNIB and Action for Blind People provide a range of specialist support and advice services for both employers and people living with sight loss either in or seeking employment. This includes help with completing job application forms and interview skills, work placements, as well as information on how assistive technology can help people who are blind or partially sighted in the workplace. To find out more call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 999 or visit