Matthew Lee takes on the 3 Peaks Challenge - Blindfolded!
A man from East London took on the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge on Friday 31st May, and raised the stakes by doing it blindfolded. Matthew Lee, from Wanstead, was inspired to take on the challenge by his 9 year old daughter, Alexa, who is gradually losing her sight due to a rare condition called Brittle Cornea Syndrome.
The National Three Peaks trek sets climbers the challenge of summiting Britain’s highest mountains of Scotland England and Wales: Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within 24 hours.
Matthew was guided by a group of 6 friends who spent the last few months training alongside him, and did all the seeing for him. Matthew and his team smashed their target, raising over £24,000 for Royal Society for Blind Children, (RSBC). Matthew says,
"RSBC were there for us when we were really struggling. They offered us emotional support and helped us to see that Alexa’s life is still full of brilliant opportunities. We just want to do all we can to open conversations about a little-known issue and with Alexa’s story, help change negative attitudes people seem to hold about blindness."
Alexa has recently been the subject of her own documentary for CBBC, If I Go Blind where she talks candidly about her sight loss and the impact her deteriorating vision has on her life and future dreams. She also reveals her so called ‘bucket list’ of things she wants to experience before she loses her sight entirely.
To support Matthew’s climb in aid of Royal Society for Blind Children, please visit:
Matthew and his team have been nominated for the ‘Fundraising Team of the Year’ Award by JustGiving. Please vote if you have a spare minute:
https://pages.contact.justgiving.com/JustGivingVoting2019/ (voting closes Sunday 15th September 2019).