Land’s End to John O’Groats
Sponsored Charity Cycle Ride
Raising Vital funds for these Charities and Good Causes
Worcester Association of Carers
Westlands Community Centre
Allan's Story His personal connection to each of the charities and organisations he's raising fund for on his cycle ride
A few months after losing my sight, I had moved to Droitwich and had the amazing RNIB talking books, but I needed something more in my life.
I discovered a little bit of sight in my left eye, just enough vision to read a telephone number, I contacted voluntary organisations and charities so that I could have outside contact as a volunteer. I became frustrated when the first thirty organisations I contacted turned me down. I knew I was capable of more if I had the opportunity. Just because I had lost my sight, didn’t mean life was over. I had to create a new life for myself.
Eventually the manager at Worcester Association of Carers, answered and said that if I could ring her, I could work for her. Every week since then for over nine years, I have been contacting and supporting carers.
The very first lady I contacted was totally overwhelmed with stress and desperate for support. I was able to telephone her and support her each week for six months until her husband eventually died. There are many more carers in this situation and this charity is desperate for more support.
I continued to push myself a little bit becoming more involved more in my local community, joining
- Got elected as a Town Councillor
- Volunteered with the local History Group
- Became a trustee for Age UK
- and more.
After a few years, I had a series of operations to restore basic vision, enough to get me independent.
Then a couple of years ago I came across a video about Mentor Link, who mentor school children that fall behind at school because of problems at home, bullying, or abuse.
I realised that many children need this vital support, plus I had the skills and experience to become one of their mentors.
For around 18 months I have been mentoring a young teenager and seen him move from being reluctant to answer questions, to now wanting to join Toastmasters and learn public speaking.
Westlands Community Hall is a rundown hall in a depressed area of my town. I was approached by the lady running it to see if I would help.
After seeing the state of the building, I decided I would become a trustee and help build the community again.
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