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William Kent

William Kent is crowdfunding

3%
£950
raised of £25,000 target by 34 supporters

Weʼre raising £25,000 to help as many of the 2.5million blind people in the UK as possible be seen and live a better life.

Perthshire, Scotland

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PLEASE NOTE: William's event has now been delayed until the spring as a result of COVID-19 issues and the exact date will depend on the weather.

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Before you read this, close your eyes and sit quietly. Then, see if you can walk without bumping into walls or even try turning on the TV without looking. You can do all these things without thinking if you have sight. Now, open your eyes and read this. You have witnessed how important sight is and now know why your support is so important for helping the blind.

I am blind and am going to try to paddleboard 1km standing up blindfolded as fast as I can on Loch Tay to gain a World Record and prove that I can do this without sight. I also want to raise money to help the blind access the support they need through ’Help See the Blind’. I have to be blindfolded as the Guinness World Record team do not recognise disability and blindness can vary from person to person and need me to prove that I cannot see.

I hope to complete this challenge so that I can give back to blind charities, many of which are in desperate need of funds because of the Coronavirus pandemic. This pandemic has impacted on all our lives. This crisis is one of the worst challenges the blind community has faced, adding to anxiety and depression, and making even carrying out basic shopping during lockdown and the subsequent restrictions difficult. This has meant many blind people, of which there are about 2.5million in the UK today, have had to rely on support from volunteers or have spent too much time on their own, isolated and unsupported. Employment is even harder to gain if you are blind too.

When I was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease at the age of 9, I was devastated and felt hopeless, becoming withdrawn and depressed and it was not easy for me at school. It was the efforts of The Scottish Crannog Centre that helped me back up because they saw me as able as opposed to disabled, and this support inspired me and got me through to where I am today. But such help and encouragement can be hard to find and ‘Help See the Blind’ aims to make it easier for the blind community to find what they need and connect with each other. Together with my family, I am trying to raise the funds needed for the completion of a new e-portal service which is being built at www.helpseetheblind.co.uk. This will help the blind, their families and their carers to find their way more easily around society, buy and access services, learn new skills, find jobs and communicate. This will also help reduce health issues faced by the blind community.

My father is now slowly losing his sight too, and although he feels he should be the one to support me, I want to show him and the millions of others in the UK who are blind, partially-sighted or have started to lose sight, that being blind doesn’t mean the end: it just means you have to try things in a different way. Also, the blind can put their hand to anything. This is my message to all blind people.

Like so many others, my Dad and I may not be able to see the next generation, but as the lights go down on sight, our other senses will enable us to experience this in other ways. But the blind need your help to get the support they need.

Your donation will help connect more people who are struggling to cope with blindness or potential sight loss with the services they need. For example, £100 could pay for two hours of therapy and independent living skills training. But every pound helps and so please give what you can.

I hope to raise at least the £25,000 required to kick-start this fantastic cause so please give what you can to help me hit my target.

Thank you.

Losing your sight, like for so many others, is something neither my dad nor myself thought would happen. Please help us see the light within the darkness and donate what you can.

Will is supporting: www.helpseetheblind.co.uk

Will is training for this exciting challenge with the support of David Fox-Pitt MBE, founder of WildFox Events Ltd, and pro-SUP boarder Ross Dempster of Beyond Adventure , Aberfeldy.

https://helpseetheblind.co.uk/guinness-world-record/

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  • William Kent8 days ago
    William Kent

    William Kent

    8 days ago

    Thanks for believing in Will & contributing to this great cause. Work continues but sadly we are postponing to the better weather in spring. Will was lucky to secure an apprenticeship at the Crannog Centre from mid Aug. We were working to the event taking place before then, but due to COVID etc it did not. Will is loving his job but we can't support his training at the moment. The delay means we are hitting worse weather thus making training even harder. We will plan his training in liaison with the fabulous Crannog team. Watch this space!!

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    1 month ago

    It's been a busy week for Will on the water with the last three days being training on the River Earn in the sunshine. Too hot to paddle on some days, he has nevertheless paddled miles upstream and then taken a leisurely route back down. There's been play as well but training, training, training too!

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 27, 2020

    Well done Will. Good luck in your challenge, from Tara a friend of your Mum's

    £10.00

  • Jasmine Dundee Carer

    Jasmine Dundee Carer

    Aug 27, 2020

    Read this is the Courier this morning, paddle boarding is really hard with sight let alone being blind, Im a carer and want to support William and the new blind initiative.

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 15, 2020

    Well done Will

  • William Kent

    William Kent

    Aug 10, 2020

    Good luck in the training Will, Grandpa!

    £25.00

  • Mayumi Bradley

    Mayumi Bradley

    Aug 9, 2020

    Good luck, William!

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 8, 2020

    Best wishes for your endeavour!

    £20.00

  • The Cuthills

    The Cuthills

    Aug 4, 2020

    Good luck in your world record challenge

    £20.00

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William Kent

William Kent

Perthshire, Scotland

Will Kent is a normal 18 year old except that he is blind and is not prepared to accept that this should limit him. An outdoor enthusiast, he walks mountains, stand up paddle boards and is at the centre of a number of charitable events. He wants people to look past blindness.

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