Aniridia network uk is a support group they support people who have a eye condition called Aniridia and thier families to give them support and information and the people that are part of the chairty understand more than anyone as they have been through it themselves
I am fundraising for Aniridia network uk by doing 5 miles a day for 200 days altogether it will be 1 thousand miles in 200 days the challange starts on the 30th of July 2018 - 15 of February 2019
My name is Laura Cartmill I am 27 years old I have a visual impairment myself I was born with an eye condition called ‘Aniridia’ (an absence of the iris, and an enlarged pupil) which means the eyes cannot shut out the light. My eyes get very sore, especially during the summer; I wear dark glasses and these help with the sensitivity. I take two types of eye-drops daily to keep the eye pressure to a minimum,
I also have autism. Having this condition affects a lot of things in my life. Meeting new people, communicating and socialising can be difficult for me,, at times I struggle with being in a big crowd and loud noise. The severity of my conditions differs from day to day, and I must live one day at a time. Having these conditions makes life hard for me, but there is always a way around it, it can be frustrating, but I always try and remain as positive as possible.
6 years ago, I joined a football team for people with varied disabilities. Since joining this team, my confidence has been built tremendously, because these individuals understand me and I feel that I can communicate and socialise better in their company. Before joining football, I didn’t talk to anybody; now, I have more confidence, and I even helped with my football coach to coach the team (we were branded the ‘Dream Team’).
I started football back in 2012 I joined the Torquay United inspirations it’s a team for people with all different disabilities on a Saturday morning and we have tournaments on a Sunday to play against other teams with all different disabilities at the touranment I now play for Tavistock specials ladies as Torquay United inspirations I train for have no ladies so Tavistock kindly let me play for them at the tournaments also did a football session on a thursday night called football for all that is for all different disabilities it really helped me when it was the same coaches they had a good understanding of everyone at first I thought I might struggle with having a visual impairment the confindence just grew with the help of the coaches as it was all the same for all the sessions before I started football I had no confindence and now with the help of my football coach confindence is really high
And now because of them I have a lot of confindence I am now fundraising for Aniridia network uk and hopefully to help other people to have that confindence too anything is possible I will also be doing another challange for Aniridia network uk after the first one I will be doing a 5 thousand miles on a bike in 500 days by doing 10 miles a day that challange will start 1st of August 2020 to the 14th of December 2021 anything is possible 😊💟
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