A group of blind and partially sighted people have shown their disability is not going to stop them from being adventurous by taking part in the first pier to shore zip wire experience in the world.
The group, all members of the Dorset Blind Association, climbed the launch tower in Bournemouth soaring above the sea, before doing an exhilarating “zip surf” over the waves to the beach. It’s a dual line so they went down in pairs, racing to the beach!
The charity, known for delivering a range of exciting activities for people with sight loss, follow the ethos that losing your sight needn’t mean missing out.
After taking part in the zip wire experience, Jean, 83, said, “I can’t wait to do it again!”
“The buzz that our members get from these types of activities is clearly evident, but it goes so much further,” says Fundraising Manager, Jaya Da Costa. “It helps to enrich their lives as well as bringing confidence to try new things in other areas of their lives, promoting independence.”
The charity’s staff, volunteers and other supporters also took part in the PierZip on Saturday, raising £5,000 to support the charity’s work. Due to lack of funding Dorset Blind Association is currently operating on half the required number of Support Workers, but staff and volunteers are working hard to maintain essential services while referral rates from local health and social care organisations continue to rise.
The next event the charity is organising is a bungee jump in Weymouth. Click here for more details and to sign up.
For more information about the Dorset Blind Association please click here to visit their website.