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Flying Blind

8 team members

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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p]Hi, my name is Ibraheem, most people call me Ibz. Here is the story as to why I have chosen to raise money for British Blind Sports. I want to show other visually impaired people that blindness is no barrier to complete what they want to achieve .Hopefully by sharing my story, I can also educate the public, on how disability is just a stepping stone to reach further places not a struggle to stop you achieving what you want. [/p][p] [/p][p]I live by the quote “Disability does not mean inability.” [/p][p] [/p][p]I was born fully sighted, I enjoyed going out with my friends and family , playing football, riding my bike even just going for walks. At the age of 12, I noticed my sight was deteriorating. Initially the opticians just gave me stronger glasses hoping it would correct my vision. This did not help. I started to struggle in school not being able to see the boards or read my own handwriting, the most worrying was not being able to see people’s faces. As my school could no longer support me, I had no choice but to leave. [/p][p] [/p][p]Eventually, I had some further tests and I was diagnosed with a condition called Keratoconus. This is where the cornea begins to bulge out, causing distorted vision. I was told I would not lose my vision and with an operation called cross linking this would freeze my condition & my sight would be corrected with contact lenses. However, the after affect was much worse and my vision continued to deteriorate rapidly and my eyes had become extremely sensitive to lights. Doctors had tried to come up with a reasoning as to why I was losing my sight so suddenly but even after a year of trying they still didn’t know the reasoning. I had been transferred to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital where I had been diagnosed with a condition called bilateral retinal dystrophy. This when the cones and rods are deteriorating for some time. At the age of 16, I had become blind and having to rely on the use of a white cane. Instead of going out with friends like a normal teenager I was being taught how to adapt to life all over again. This was one of the hardest and traumatic parts of becoming blind as the simplest off tasks became the hardest; such as using a phone became the hardest mountain to climb. This had made me to become reliant on people around me so the thought of independence became impossible to; all I did was stay locked in my room, I stopped meeting up with my friends and even socializing with my family. And from a confident, out-going, talkative I had become a quiet, lazy and un-motivated person. I use to always think there was no way around this. [/p][p] [/p][p]I took a turn for the best, I started mobility, how to read braille, how to touch type etc. I was now able to attend the royal national college for the blind, and just couple of years before this I never thought I could ever complete my academic education, but now I have finished college with 3 A levels and a place at the University of Liverpool studying psychology. [/p][p] [/p][p]While, I was overcoming my sight loss, British Blind sports had got in touch with me and I was introduced to blind football. I was very intrigued by this opportunity as I had no idea on how to play football without being able to see. In blind football there is a bell inside of the ball so that we can hear where it goes. The players also say the word ‘voy’ which is translated as ‘I go’ in Spanish, this is so we know where the players are. I progressed quickly and I use to train every day at home and I later joined the West Bromwich Albion team, where I have played at a national level and I have even attended a couple of England development camps. [/p][p] [/p][p]Having the ability to play sport I enjoyed was a huge impact, this gave me a large amount of confidence. It gave me the belief that I can achieve what I want even though I have lost my sight. From there onwards, I looked at my blindness not as a hardship but as a challenge I had to overcome and with the correct mindset not negativity. Even though I went through my ups and downs, 4 years came with great experiences. I started to travel to other countries with my friends, we went to countries like; Spain, Greece and Germany. I have recently competed in the national school games tandem cycling. I achieved first position in both of my races, the 400m sprints and the 20k race bringing home a gold medal. I am now joining a cycling club and am excited to see what the future holds. [/p][p] [/p][p]I want to show my support and appreciation to British Blind Sports to say a huge thank you for what they have done for me, as if it wasn’t for their initial and constant support I may have not achieved the things I have today as well as what I have become.[/p][p] [/p][p]I have always wanted to do a skydive and this is the perfect opportunity. A few of my friends and I will be jumping out of a plane from 10,000ft in the air, We have come up with the team name Flying Blind, but we need your help. [/p][p] [/p][p]Thank you for taking time out of your day to read this little insight of my life, may I remind you that no donation is to little or to small, if you are unable to donate then a simple share of this post will be just as helpful, thank you again.[/p][p] [/p][p] Have a good day![/p][p] [/p][p]Ibz & the rest of the flying blind team ??[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

23 Mar 2019

Supporters

Mar 25, 2019

Alison

Well done everyone!! Proud of you all :)

£5.00

Mar 22, 2019

Naeem

Proud of you Son Uncle Naeem

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Mar 22, 2019

Fiona Johnson

Good luck sorry can’t be there but will be thinking of you Xxx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Mar 22, 2019

Anonymous

£5.00

Mar 22, 2019

Maggie

Great cause everyone- well done

Mar 22, 2019

Brooklyn xx

Not long left to go now! Go smash it team:-)

£30.00

Mar 22, 2019

Anonymous

£15.00

Mar 22, 2019

Anonymous

Mar 21, 2019

Anonymous

Good luck to you all, especially Ibz, love Aunty George n Shaz, xx

£70.00 plus £17.50 Gift Aid

Mar 21, 2019

Anonymous

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