Yorkshire Times
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8:08 PM 2nd June 2021

Deafblind Woman Takes On The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge To Raise Money For Disability Charity

Alison Bull, and her Dad John with her guide dog Bella
Alison Bull, and her Dad John with her guide dog Bella
Alison Bull who has Usher Syndrome, will be guided across the 24 miles and 1585m of ascent to raise money for the disability charity Sense

Alison Bull, 44, from Leeds, is deafblind and will be walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks from the 7th to 9th June in aid of disability charity Sense. This is Alison’s first ever guided walking challenge and she aims to raise over £1,000.

Alison was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome at the age of five which meant she was born deaf and has been gradually losing her sight. During lockdown Alison has lost her sight completely. This has left her feeling isolated and she has lost her confidence.

With the help of her father John Bull, 75, and local running group the ‘Ripon Runners’, Alison will be guided in her challenge across the Yorkshire Three Peaks. She remains determined to complete the 24 miles and 1585m of ascent over three days. She hopes the challenge will bring back some of her confidence she had before lockdown and raise funds for the charity that supports people with complex disabilities, including people who are deafblind like herself.

Alison Bull said: “I want to complete this challenge for myself to show I can still make a difference, help others and highlight the loneliness and isolation that I feel. Everyday life has new challenges that really knock my desire to get up and go, but that’s not how I want to be seen or be. Doing this will make me feel proud of myself.”

Sense Community Fundraising Manager, Angela Court- Johnston said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Alison for taking on this fundraising challenge for Sense. She has shown determination during a challenging time and we admire her desire to complete this hike. It is thanks to people like Alison that Sense is able to support children and adults who have complex disabilities or are deafblind.”

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