Paralympian Lora Fachie will appear on CBeebies Bedtime Stories tonight to read a book in braille and dispel the myth that blind parents cannot read to their children.

The double world cycling champion partnered with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and CBeebies to read the story on World Sight Day (October 13).

Fachie read The Secret Code, which was written by Dana Meachen Ray and illustrated by Bari Weissman to introduce young readers to braille.

It was the first braille book to be read with illustrations audio described on the programme and the RNIB’s transcription service produced the braille transcript of the book and filming script.

‘I am over the moon to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story for the first time in braille. I have always enjoyed reading and hope this will encourage everyone to want to read whether they use their eyes, their ears, their fingers or a secret code. Reading feeds the imagination and I will be reading to my little one from the minute they are born,’ Fachie said.

David Clarke, chief operating officer at the RNIB, commented that the main barrier faced by blind and partially sighted people in the UK was public misconceptions.

‘This is just one myth that is being busted by Lora and we want to spread the message that blind and partially sighted parents can absolutely read bedtime stories to their kids,’ he said.

CBeebies Bedtime Stories is on at 6.50pm daily and on BBC iPlayer.