We are a group of eight vision impaired young people aged 18 – 27 years. Blatchington Court Trust, a Sussex based charity, have launched a personal development project and international excursion to combat the barriers faced by partially sighted and blind young people in attaining employment. This opportunity will enable us to build transferable employment skills, experiences and achievements that will improve our CV’s whilst developing our self-confidence, mobility and independence skills. These outcomes will be realised at different stages of the project but key to its success is the fundraising challenges we must achieve on behalf of our nominated beneficiary, Pattaya Redemptorist School for Blind Children, Thailand. The school will work in partnership with us to deliver a cultural exchange of ideas and practical experience, in return, we will deliver a range of teaching and educational workshops to their pupils and the necessary equipment and technology from our fundraising success.
The school's website explains that the school provides free residential schooling for blind children living in poverty; without this charity these children would not attain an education. With no available social support system, blind children living in villages are often sent away to beg on the streets of Bangkok. The school has received some particularly bad cases in which fully grown children had not been able to talk, to walk or eat normal food. The school was built in 1993 and has the capacity for 200 students, unfortunately financial constraints mean they can only support around 90.
We are aware the school are in need of equipment including a new Perkins Brailler, software updates for their IT equipment and assistive technology. We would like to be able to provide some of these resources during our visit and have set a collective goal of raising £2000 with individual targets of £250 per person. This crowd fundraising page is our project collection pot and every penny of donated cash will be invested in resources for the school. If we exceed our target then we could potentially be helping to build capacity for more pupils to benefit from this special school.
If you feel inspired to donate or wish to sponsor our various fundraising activities, then please write the name of the team member you are championing. Alternatively, if you just like the cause, we will just split your donation across the 8 team member’s collection pots to help us all achieve our targets.
Fundraising team: Blatchington Court Trust (3)
Raised £175 from 3 donations
Blatchington Court Trust, South East England, United Kingdom