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Santa's little helpers bring festive cheer to blind and partially sighted children

Maddie Scott writing her letter to Father Christmas. Photo: Lauren Hall

It is a Christmas tradition followed by children all over the country - writing a letter to Father Christmas.

Now, thanks to some little helpers in Peterborough, he has been able to send personal replies to hundreds of blind and partially sighted children. Staff at the Royal National Institute of Blind People have been reading their letters and sending responses in a range of formats, including large print, braille and audio.

Children can write to Santa Claus and then the elves at the RNIB will help Santa to read their letters and then reply in a format that they're able to read themselves.

– Helen Simpson, RNIB

One of the children to receive a personal reply from Father Christmas is Maddie Scott, 9, from Danbury near Chelmsford, Essex. She is partially sighted and the letter was received in large print so she could read it herself. "I feel quite special really", she said.