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    Weʼve raised £140 to Spread awareness of hidden disabilities by scrolling down, reading and sharing my story. Trying to fund an electronic reader to aid me.

    Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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    Funded on Saturday, 16th September 2017

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    Following a life-saving operation in 1984 for a brain haemorrhage, resulting in a stroke, aged 24, I was left registered blind with epilepsy and memory difficulties and over 80 stitches on my left temporal lobe.

    I also suffered with scoliosis that resulted in me having 2 Harrington Rods inserted in 2009 , approximately 14 inches long, in an attempt to improve my posture and mobility. I also underwent heart surgery in 2011 to repair a leaking mitral valve. I have been truly sliced, diced and spliced. Despite this I have overcome many obstacles to retain my independence. The one thing I cannot do is read to due my sight impairment.

    My main hobby is crocheting which I do by touch rather than sight. I have recently started crocheting items to raise funds, but need assistance with the patterns which is very frustrating when I know this equipment can do it for me. This initially started when I chose to raise funds on behalf of the British Legion. I raised over £1,600 crocheting and selling poppies with the local poppy fundraisers.

    The picture attached shows a gentleman from AbilityNet. He has provided some expert advice and I appeared in a case study clip on their website to assist others suffering as I do. Some of the electronic aids are too complex and it is extremely difficult trying to find the right one. After trialing many programmes (some of which I funded), we have been unsuccessful assisting my disability regarding reading documents.

    After recently visiting the RNIB in London and working with the “Optelec ClearReader+ Portable Image Reader” I was amazed how easily this works for me. It will read documents, mail, newspapers and menus to me without relying on someone to do it for me. I am unable to use braille as my memory is severely impaired.

    This equipment costs £2000, even though it is VAT exempt, and therefore is beyond my budget, so any donations towards its cost, along with crochet items I sell, would be a tremendous help.



    • Jannette Connell6 months ago
      Jannette Connell

      Jannette Connell

      6 months ago

      Hi All, I have just extended my Just Giving page for another month to hopefully raise awareness and more funds towards my Electronic Reader. I will have a stall at the RNA Open/Fun Day in WGC on Saturday 26 August (please come along) to browse and purchase some goodies. Many thanks, Jannette.

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    • Jannette Connell7 months ago
      Jannette Connell

      Jannette Connell

      7 months ago

      Only a week left and many thanks to all that have supported me so far. I'm still working hard at producing more crochet items and am in the process of applying for a Guide Dog too. You can check out my latest creations at Blind Crochet on fb

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    • Jannette Connell7 months ago
      Jannette Connell

      Jannette Connell

      7 months ago

      Hi... need a boost folks plenty of goods available to buy if you don't want to donate

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    • Sue Hemmings

      Sue Hemmings

      Jul 3, 2017

      Here's a little bit towards your total x




      Jun 4, 2017

      A most worthy cause for a very determined and talented lady.Good luck with your fundraising


    • richard hemson

      richard hemson

      May 26, 2017

      hi auntie jan, hope this helps towards what u need, to inaid ur help from richard and julie


    • Anonymous


      May 24, 2017

      Heard about you today and wanted to show my support for you. Good luck with your efforts.(On behalf of Mr McCarthy)


    • Pankaj Bhasin

      Pankaj Bhasin

      May 22, 2017

      Hi Jannette,You are a true source of motivation for me. I feel so proud being part of AbilityNet I was able to help you with your IT related issues. I hope you'll get optical reader soon. regards


    • Anonymous


      May 21, 2017

      Hi Jannette Thank you for all your advice. Hope you get the equipment you need! Louise (Library )

    • david read

      david read

      May 19, 2017


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    Jannette Connell

    Jannette Connell

    Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom

    I am 57 years old. After more than 30 years of struggling, I can positively say my life is now on track regards technology. The only thing I cannot assist myself in doing is reading due to my severe sight impairment see link https://www.abilitynet.org.uk search Jannette.

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