Back in August, PAB’s youngest volunteer Ethan, organised a sponsored sightless walk around Ferry Meadows to raise awareness and money for the PAB. Ethan walked blindfolded around Gunwade lake using only a long white cane to guide himself around the course – accompanied by his mother Nina who made sure he didn’t fall into the lake! This was a great achievement and the Peterborough Telegraph printed a half page story of him, giving us even more great publicity!
Ethan has been diagnosed with Irlen’s syndrome, which affects the brain’s ability to process visual information, but despite this he still took on the “blind walk” in order to raise money for a charity he believes is “worth the money.”
I would like to thank everyone who helped me with sponsor money or through coming to the coffee morning and the walk. The coffee morning at Virgin Money was a large success with many people enjoying the cakes. On the walk day I set off at 11 am around Gunwade lake and went through senses tests such as tasting Haribos and carrot, smelling coffee (yuk!) and ginger, and hearing a talking clock and a whistle (that made me jump). About half way my mum asked if I wanted to touch something unplanned, and made me touch a cow! Near the end I touched a variety of natural things including leaves and acorns. Then when I finished I got kissed by my mum (so embarrassing!!) I normally enjoy Ferry Meadows so I decided to try it with no sight. I love nature and now I appreciate how much I rely on my sight to see it in its full glory. It was nice to hear the birds and rustling leaves but I also know how much I like to see it all too. Ethan Lutterer aged 12
Virgin Money Giving helped us promote the event by donating us cakes to sell in the foyer of the Virgin Money bank in Peterborough. Alice and Ashley from the branch also joined us on the day to be volunteer marshals. He was also joined by PAB members, committee members, friends and family not forgetting Nancy and Molly the guide dogs. The, weather was beautiful and it was another chance to promote PAB.
PAB have written to Ethan’s scout master to say what a credit Ethan his to his scout group, Ethan also gained his charity scouts badge through planning and for filling the event. We are very grateful to Ethan for supporting us and to everyone else who took part. Click here to see more pictures from the day on the gallery page.