Three intrepid fundraisers from Norfolk have raised more than £3,000 to help provide support for vision-impaired young people and their families, after climbing the UK’s third highest mountain in treacherous conditions.
Two members of staff from Vision Norfolk were joined by a grandfather of a vision-impaired youngster to take on the 3,500ft Mount Snowdon in Wales, to raise money for the work that the charity does with young people and their families throughout the county. The trio braved wind, fog and rain to reach the summit in 4½ hours.
“Our children, young people and families service is a vital part of the work that Vision Norfolk does to support people living with sight loss in the county,” said Barbara Dunn, children, young people and families co-ordinator at the charity, who was one of the three to take on the challenge.
“Sight loss doesn’t just affect the child, it has a profound effect on those around them. When a child is registered with sight loss or visual impairment, it can be a worrying and confusing time, and can feel lonely and isolating. We offer emotional and practical support to both the young person and their family.”
Barbara Dunn was joined on the climb by fellow Vision Norfolk staff member Helen King, and Graham Colman, whose three year-old granddaughter Jenelle has Nystagmus, a condition which causes problems with depth perception and focussing.
A fourth member of the team, Teresa Bell, whose daughter Rhiannon has benefitted from many of the activities run by Vision Norfolk, was due to join the challenge, but was unable to because she had Covid. She will now be taking on the Pier to Pier Challenge in Norfolk in June to boost the fundraising efforts.
Anyone who would like to contribute to the work done by Vision Norfolk to support vision-impaired young people and their families can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/campaign/CYPF-Snowdon.