Bethaney Mouzer

The Journey to Machu Picchu

Fundraising for Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA)
raised of £1,111 target
by 43 supporters
Machu Picchu
Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA)

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RCN 1015937
We help Deaf and hard of hearing people to live confidently with their hearing loss


Hey beautiful people. Over the next 10 months I'm going to be doing a bunch of challenges and prepping myself for Machu Picchu in June & July 2024. I'm heading over to Peru to host 2 yoga retreats, so I've decided to volunteer my interpreting skills afterwards so we'll all be hiking up Machu Picchu! So yeah, I'll be doing the 5 day Salkantay Trail twice up the altitude... *slow blinks* with 45 deaf people.

I've decided to choose GDA (Gloucestershire Deaf Association) as my chosen charity to fundraise for over the months. This is a small charity close to my heart. I see how hard the team work behind the scenes to support the local deaf community. Honestly, they really do go above & beyond so it makes sense to give back in the little crazy ways I can.

I'll be kicking off the challenge with the 3 peaks in September in (hopefully) 24 hours! So bring on Ben Nevis, Scaffell Pike & Snowdon!

I'll keep adding stuff to the mix. But yeah lets start with the 3 P's and a 1/2 Marathon. I'm just going to be doing new stuff I haven't done before, working on weaknesses, overcoming fears and discovering new limits.

I'll be doing things solo or with awesome people so yeah.. give a little, give a lot, a cuddle, a share, whatever you can, show the love.

Let's GO! Vamos!

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A little background on why I'm so immersed in the deaf community if you don't know me very well and why I've chosen this charity.

I'm a CODA (a Child of Deaf Adults), I'm actually the only hearing one in the family, so I grew up in a deaf household with my parents and siblings. British Sign Language is my first language. My beautiful family has now grown over the years and I have deaf in-laws and a deaf niece & nephew. My best friends are deaf. I work in the deaf community as a British Sign Language Interpreter. I am also a yoga teacher who makes yoga accessible in British Sign Language. This is my world and I've witnessed a lot of barriers for deaf people throughout my life, so for me charities like these who are providing accessibility and support in many ways are real close to my heart. Especially when I see all the hard work that goes on in the background to keep maintaining services.

I work locally for this charity and I see the graft and hard work that they put in to make sure that the deaf community are at the core of everything. I would love it if I could raise them some money in some way. They provide services for wellbeing, employment, interpreting, volunteering, equipment services, the list goes on and more. There's a lot that they do which isn't covered or funded because they really do have deaf people at the heart. They support people who are deaf, hard of hearing & run children clubs for deaf kids. It's places like these that make a huge difference on a daily basis.

If you want to join me on any of my fundraising challenges - holla! Let's share the love xoxox

I'll be sharing my journey on my instagram @thesigningyogi and on Facebook ' Sign Yoga '

About the charity

Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA)

Verified by JustGiving

RCN 1015937
GDA offers practical and emotional support to children and adults living in Gloucestershire, who have been born deaf and are British Sign Lanuage (BSL) users, and those who have become deaf through illness or age.

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