CHARITY CHAIRMAN AN UNSUNG HERO
Deafblind UK's chairman Bob Nolan, received the Unsung Hero Award at the 2018 Deaf Sports Personality of the Year event held at the Lancashire County Cricket Club. Bob, who is Deafblind having been born deaf and lost 97% of his vision as a result of Usher's Syndrome, was appointed Chair of the national charity, which supports people with combined sight and hearing loss, early in 2018.
During Deafblind Awareness week 2018, Bob became the first Deafblind individual to complete the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowden, whilst cycling the 483miles between peaks on a tandem.
Bob said. "it was special to be recognised by the deaf sports for completing the Three peaks challenge but also for my small part in encouraging and supporting Deafblind people all over the UK for 20 years. As the first Deafblind recipient of the DSPY I do hope many more will follow”.
"The key people I would like to thank are my wife Louise, who is severely deaf, for participating in all my tandem challenges and assisting me in everything I do. Deena and Hammy O'Malley from Deafblind Scotland who encouraged me throughout. Also I would like to dedicate my award to one of my closest friends, Richard Cole. He was also Deafblind (Usher type 11) and contracted Motor Neurone Disease In 2005. In later years he was an enthusiastic blind archer and retained a positive outlook and terrific sense of humour even through the dreadful final stages of MND. Richard and his wife Jane were part of our first Lands End-John O'Groats tandem challenge in 2008 despite having only weeks to live. I know he's out there somewhere encouraging me and no doubt taking the mickey too and would loved to be at the DSPY Awards celebration.”
"2018 was a great year for me both personally and professionally, after winning the SCVO Terrific Trustee award, becoming the Chair of Deafblind UK, which I'm still very excited about, a tough but enjoyable challenge with the Three Peaks and now the Unsung Hero award.”
“I hope my achievements will inspire others that no matter what challenges we race in life if you want to do something badly enough with help of others, you can find a way."
"The theme for Deafblind Awareness Week 2018, 'Because life is an adventure', is particularly close to my heart and I do believe there are adventures out there for everyone to face and overcome, however small. I intend to keep going for many years yet and whether it's climbing Kilimanjaro or cycling to Istanbul I'm hoping I don't run out of friends who are willing and able to support me!"
Find out more at: www.deafblind.org.uk
The Group Visiting Ecclesall Woodland Discovery Centre
A Thursday Walk in the Peak Park with Mike Jackson
SVIWG's May Walk with the Peak Park Rangers
Photographs sent in by Mike Wilson.
Christine's March Walk in the Limb Valley on a Lovely Sunny Day
The walkers stop on the bridge at Whirlow Park. Something's making Ken giggle (Janet??)
HATHERSAGE on February's Sunday Walk
Eric uses the stepping stones to cross the stream below Green's House with the help of guides Janet and Mary. Barley the guide dog waits her turn patiently. The walk was led by Mike Wilson.
Members of the Rotary Club of Abbeydale and invited guests on their annual David Wortley Memorial Walk which this year took them on a route through the grounds of Chatsworth Park in spectacular January weather with a keen frost and gin-clear visibility.
Pictured at the Hunting Tower and the Cannon Kissing Gate are: SVIWG member Eric with guides, Anne and June together with SRSB Fundraising and Marketing Officer, Jane and her husband Adam.
The Rotary Club of Abbeydale enjoys a close, friendly and supportive relationship with SRSB and SVIWG.
Photos courtesy of Mike Cox, Rotary Club of Abbeydale.
On behalf of the group, a cheque for £100 is being received by our treasurer Stan Wainwright from Skipton Building Society's Branch Manager - Allison Edgeler and Christie Ali the Customer Adviser (right) at their Pinstone Street branch.