“One of the many joys in my role is meeting new people, being introduced to and learning about the work of new charities. When one of our Simple Life residents nominated Speed of Sight to receive one of our 12 Days of Christmas donations I was intrigued as the charity was new to me. Their story is wonderful, illustrating the strength of people and teamwork, and one person in particular, Mike Newman. Born completely blind, Mike has always loved cars and was determined to achieve his ambition to become a racing driver! Yes, there were challenges but also sheer determination and the belief that being disabled does not mean unable. Many speed records followed and the fastest blind man on land and sea was determined to share his passion, and provide the opportunity for others with disabilities to experience driving. Speed of Sight was born!
“I was lucky enough to join the team at Cardenden Motocross Track near Kirkcaldy, in Scotland, to see them in action, and what a fantastic experience. A team of dedicated people, including volunteer driving instructors, facilitated a stream of visitors to the off road track, on what turned out to be the first wet day of the summer! When I say wet I mean WET! Rivers of mud added to the off road driving experience, and washing machines will have had their work cut out cleaning that kit! The dual controlled, fully adapted karts enable people from 7+ to experience the thrill and joy of driving, something many of us take for granted I imagine! The smiles, whoops of delight, laughter and comments upon finishing illustrate the very real positive impact this experience had on the drivers. The rain and mud did not deter! All went away wanting more and looking forward to another such day being arranged by the Speed of Sight team next year.
“At Sigma Capital and Simple Life Homes, we are honoured to be able to support small charities of this kind. We are looking forward to learning more and building our partnership going forward. I drove home with a greater appreciation of my car and my sight, and in awe of the Speed of Sight team. Thank you to all the team for welcoming me, and Mike and John for sharing their energy and enthusiasm, so evident to me.
“Donations are a vital lifeline and allow the charity to operate and provide these experience days for others, days which clearly make a huge difference. If you want to read more or support the Speed of Sight team have a look at the link below.”
Niamh Waldron, Sigma ESG Director