In my home town Coventry in the UK I sometimes give talks to a great organisation called the Monday Club.
They are a group of partially sighted or blind people who meet together on a certain day of the week ( you can guess the day) they meet up to chat and enjoy a cup of tea.
A short while back I was asked by the organiser David Monks to give a talk to the members and without really grasping the situation I set up my slide show with beautiful pictures from expeditions around not really thinking that they couldn’t see them!
Sometimes we learn on the spot – so I had to be creative and describe each photograph which was a great lesson for me. I also passed around various pieces of equipment so they could feel the boots and gloves from Everest and the polar bear tooth from the Arctic.
When on expedition I send audio dates to their society that also goes to other blind people in the Midlands. I stand on the side of mountains or looking across snowy white landscapes and try to describe what I see in front of me.
I did one of the audio updates today as I stood looking down the valley to where we had just trekked. The strange thing was that in the evening by sheer coincidence there was a band playing in this small village that raises funds for the blind people in Nepal.
The lead singer ( featured in the main picture) who is blind is called Kanchha Dai – along with his band they played for the Monday Club over my phone for the blind society in my home town Coventry.
How great is that.