A talented eight-year-old, who was born blind, is astounding her family and teachers by playing A-level music piano pieces.
Isabella King, from Swineshead, goes to St Mary’s Primary School thanks to help from Lincolnshire County Council.
Isabella’s family are full of praise for the help they get, including full-time and part-time classroom helpers, specialist Braille teachers and visits from a mobility officer, who helps with things like cane training.
But the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) claims Lincolnshire has seen one of the biggest drops in county council help for blind and partially-sighted people.
The RNIB places Lincolnshire seventh in the top 20 worst local authorities in England, saying it has seen an 85 per cent drop in support offered to the blind since 2005.
It warns: “If trends continue, in just 10 years’ time we could be in the very real position that not a single blind or partially-sighted person will receive any support from their local council to remain independent.”
Isabella’s mum, Liz, 40, fears that if the RNIB is right in its prediction then her daughter faces an uncertain future when she aims to head off to university to pursue a career in music.
The family, who come from Lincolnshire, were living and working in Portugal when Isabella (above) was born prematurely with detached retinas.
Last summer they decided to come home and Liz said the council was ‘brilliant’ in setting out the help Isabella would get before they came back.
Isabella has piano and harp lessons and Liz says: “She is naturally good at all music.She is eight-years-old and she is doing A-level music stuff and she plays the church organ a little bit.
“She’s playing at a Christmas tree festival in Freiston church in December.
“Her head teacher heard her playing and said ‘she is outstanding’. I can’t think of enough words that he said – he was just amazed by her.”