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Charity Offers Adventure for Visually Impaired

Published: 13th September 2017 15:32

Having little or no vision did not stop a group of Portsmouth adventurers from taking on challenges that some normally sighted people might not even think about.

 Losing My Sight Charity obtained Lottery Funding earlier this year to embark on several projects between May 2017 and April 2018. Set up earlier this year by Dave Taylor, who is visually impaired himself, the aim of it is to give the visually impaired and blind community in Portsmouth confidence and independence to live as much of a normal life as possible. 

On the 7th September, they spent a day at Portsmouth Watersports Centre where they took part in some of the activities on offer there.

Dave said, "The day began with archery and climbing and some of the people found their chosen sport for the morning session very challenging as well as exciting. To reach the top of the climbing wall in my opinion was a remarkable achievement, as was shooting a bullseye at the archery. 

"The archery became a competition amongst some because it was so addictive and one of the climbers was known as a little monkey whilst he climbed up the wall without any fear. I suppose in some respect it helps being visually impaired or blind because you can not really see how high you are up when climbing the wall."

 Dave set up the charity as when he started to lose his own sight, he found there was nothing in Portsmouth to support visually impaired people of working age. Having gone through depression he wanted to offer a support to others like him. He said, "Sadly sight loss is affecting more working aged people than ever before and when you are diagnosed with sight loss your whole world falls apart. Some go into deep depression which is not easy to overcome, and they are dealing with mental health as well as sight loss."

He said that the Losing My Sight Charity aims to reach out to those people who are lacking with confidence and loss of independence.

The group also took part in sailing and despite some boats capsizing, the adventurers simply climbed back in and carried on.

Ben Lee from the centre said, "It was great to have the team at the centre last week. The charity is hugely inspirational for those that are visually impaired. We look forward to having them again in the future."

Dave added, "It truly is inspirational seeing them having fun and overcoming any fears they had, which is the whole idea of our charity. At the end of the day, we were left with one question and that was “when is next one?"

Find out more about the Losing My Sight charity on their website.

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