A group of 12 blind and visually impaired people from across the county have enjoyed a week of challenges and adventure in the Lake District thanks to a local charity.
Northamptonshire Association for the Blind (NAB) organised the free residential trip to the Calvert Trust in the Lake District with challenges including high rope courses, zip lines, cycling, canoeing and swimming.
The group, ranging in age from 31 to 66, stayed at the Calvert Trust’s dedicated centre overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake. The fully accessible site enables people with disabilities to benefit from outdoor activities in a safe and accessible, yet challenging environment.
Janice Tillett, from Northampton, said: “When I was offered the opportunity to go to the Calvert Trust I felt excited and blessed to be with likeminded people who embrace life’s challenges. Although I used to compete in the swimming pool for Team GB, I had never undertaken adventure type activities on land. I was inspired by the fact that the Calvert Trust enables people with disabilities to go beyond their boundaries. Even though I have daily challenges with sight, hearing and joint mobility, I was eager to embrace this opportunity offered by NAB to try things I never thought I could achieve.”
Esther Goodger, fundraising and marketing team lead for NAB, said: “It has been so inspiring being a part of this residential adventure week. Everyone has challenged themselves and overcome fears with new experiences every day and new friendships made along the way.”
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the NAB Just Giving page to fundraise, donate or set up monthly donations at www.justgiving.com/nab