Life without limits

Ellis' story

Many children enjoy playing video games, but few have the knowledge and ability to develop them. Yet, during the first lockdown, 12-year-old Ellis was inspired to create his own app, Chicken Coop, which is now available on the Google Play Store.

What makes Ellis’ incredible achievement even more remarkable is that he is severely vision impaired. While his own ambition has been the driving force in making the game a reality, the Royal Society for Blind Children has supported him along the way.

The charity’s assistive technology officer, Alex, helped Ellis to use screen magnification to develop his idea into the interactive game, and his stepdad helped to register the app. After that, it was all Ellis. He used his time in lockdown to learn the programming language, plan everything and create the app from start to finish.  

The challenge of using the development platform with a vision impairment has really helped boost his confidence.
Ellis' mum, Sian

Mum Sian is proud of what Ellis has built, admitting that some of it goes over her head. “He loves talking about it,” she says. “The challenge of using the development platform with a vision impairment has really helped boost his confidence.

“I’m sure Ellis will go on to do more things with the tech support that RSBC offers.”

The importance of gifts in Wills

Gifts in Wills enable RSBC to help more children like Ellis to achieve their dreams, and the charity is currently building a Life Without Limits Centre in London, a space where blind children, young people and their families can come together, have fun and learn life skills.

“At RSBC, we support blind children and their families, empowering them to live beyond the challenges they face,” says RSBC’s CEO, Sue Sharp. “Gifts in Wills are a wonderful way to ensure that the things that were important to individuals during their lifetime live on.

“Even a small gift enables RSBC to provide more support such as assistive technology lessons, which will help more children like Ellis, both now and in the future.”

Find out more

Leaving a gift to RSBC in your Will is easy and can be done in the comfort of your home in under 15 minutes.

To find out more, please visit rsbc.org.uk/support-us/leave-gift-your-will/

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