I was born blind, with an eye condition called bilateral microphthalmia, which means that my eyes are much smaller than other people’s. I have very slight light perception and am able to see shadows, but apart from that, I can’t see anything at all. Having always been blind though, I’m very used to it and I’m definitely someone who believes in getting out there and getting on with life!
I also have an amazing black guide dog called Reno, who comes out and about with me every day and makes getting around so much easier; he’s also wonderful company!
The sea is very important to me. I have many happy memories of times spent by the sea and it has also been a great source of power, strength and inspiration for me. As a child, I spent many happy days on the beaches in Sussex with my family and in my late teens and early twenties, when I had difficult decisions to make about my life and my work, I spent a lot of time in Cornwall and on the beaches in that part of the country. The sea helped me find the strength to move forward and to become who I am today, so I have much to thank it for.