Deaf, blind and taking on the three peaks challenge in tandem
Author: Sean Rai-Roche
Bob Nolan, chair of Deafblind Scotland (DbS), has set out to complete the three peaks challenge later this month.
Nolan, who is deafblind himself, aims to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, all in one week in late June, traversing the distances between on a tandem bicycle.
He will be guided on the climb by wife Louise, who is also deaf, and two good friends will assist in the journeys between the peaks.
DbS said this is a feat that has never been completed by a deafblind person before. Nolan is hoping to raise awareness surrounding the plight of dual sensory loss.
‘Sadly the incidence of deafblindness is growing in the UK with over 400,000 people now struggling with the everyday challenges of normal life,’ said Nolan.
‘I want to raise awareness and let people understand that while dual sensory loss is so isolating for so many, it doesn’t have to be. With the right support deafblind people can lead full and active lives and still fulfil their dreams.’