In this month’s edition: Video support from Britain’s largest bank, Be My Eyes on Virgin and AXSChat, Accessible Transport for Berlin Challenge. Read it online or as a plain text.

Welcome to the April Newsletter!

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As April is nearing its end, we’re here to bring you the news of the month. In this edition, we're opening up video banking support for Be My Eyes users in the UK, as we're welcoming Lloyds Banking Group to the platform. April has also been a month full of great publicity stories, and you can catch up on features from Virgin and AXSChat. Last but not least, you can meet Diane and hear how Be My Eyes came to the rescue when her cat was missing. Enjoy the read!

News & Updates

A handheld iPhone displays the Lloyds Bank company profile from the Specialized Help menu to the right of the Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland logos.

NEW: A Warm Welcome to Lloyds Banking Group!

Be My Eyes’ customer support platform, Specialized Help, is entering the banking sector with the addition of Lloyds Banking Group as the newest partnering company. Blind and low-vision users in the UK can now make direct video calls to Halifax, Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Bank representatives, right in the Be My Eyes app. Want us to partner with your bank? Let us know!

Virgin logo along with the headline: “Visionary tools: The technology helping people to see”.

NEW: Be My Eyes Featured by Virgin

We’re honored to be featured in a great article by Virgin discussing the technology that helps people with sight loss, which was shared by Sir Richard Branson himself. We’re immensely grateful for the support of Virgin and Richard Branson helping the Be My Eyes Community grow! Check out the amazing piece: “Visionary tools: The technology helping people to see” on Virgin.com.

Listen to AXSChat’s interview with Be My Eyes CCO, Alexander on YouTube.

NEW: Be My Eyes on AXSChat

Be My Eyes CCO, Alexander Hauerslev Jensen, joined the guys on AXSChat to have a talk about Be My Eyes and accessibility. This resulted in both a video interview and a Twitter Talk. You can watch the video interview on the AXSChat website and catch up with the Twitter Talk by checking out @BeMyEyes, @AXSChat or #axschat on Twitter.

Group photo from the Accessible Transport for Berlin Challenge featuring 12 participating teams and event organizers on the stage. Participants are celebrating, everyone is smiling and waving their hands.

NEW: Be My Eyes Won One of the Top Prizes at the Accessible Transport for Berlin Challenge

Earlier this month, Be My Eyes participated in the Accessible Transport for Berlin Challenge organized by Toyota Mobility Foundation. The aim of the challenge was to shape the future of public transport systems in Berlin and Potsdam in partnership with local transit companies. Out of 269 applications, 12 finalists were selected to present solutions that can improve personal mobility and make transport accessible for people with mobility challenges. Be My Eyes was honored with one of the top prizes.

Featured Story

Listen to Diane’s story on YouTube.

Diane’s Story: No More Worries - The case of the missing cat

Diane shares with us how Be My Eyes helped resolve one of life’s frequent and worrisome questions: What happened to the cat? “I’m not afraid to be alone anymore,” says Diane. “Words can not express how grateful I am to have access to your service.” Hear Diane tell her story in her own words, below.

Read Diane’s story

Selected Quotes

“The concept of it is exactly what so many people needed, but for me, I never realized how important it would be to just have a pair of eyes when you need them.”

– Sarah, blind user from Ireland

“When a person is really grateful for something, it’s something that money can’t buy.”

– Fabio, volunteer from Brazil

“For me it’s amazing that when I call somebody, it’s always coming from maybe another part of the world, but the person speaks to me as if he or she lived next door.”

– Antonio, blind user from Italy

Be My Eyes Loves

Double Dash runners run in teams of two tethered by the wrist in Regent's Park, London.

RNIB Double Dash 5K Fundraising Run in London

If you think that a nice run with your favorite work-out buddy and at the same time raising money for sight loss charities sound like a win-win situation, then the RNIB Double Dash is for you! The Double Dash is inspired by how blind and partially sighted people usually complete a run; tethered by the wrist to a guide runner. So grab your, best friend, family member or colleague, and sign up for the Double Dash 5K run in Regent’s Park, London on May 11th 2019! The Be My Eyes team will be participating in the Double Dash, so join us for the run or cheer for us from the sideline!

For more info about the Double Dash run and to sign up your duo, visit the RNIB Double Dash website.

Thanks for checking in with us for the April update! As always, we’ll be back in a month to bring you the latest news.

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