Bracknell woman with sight and hearing loss climbs volcano for charity

04 August 2017

Two smiling women walking on top of volcano

A woman from Bracknell, Berkshire, who has a degenerative sight and hearing condition, has hiked 58km over three days through the volcanic Highlands of Iceland to raise funds for Sense. 

Jacqueline Bowden-Excell, who has Usher Syndrome, completed her fundraising challenge with the support of friend and communicator guide, Alexandra Calce from Reading, Berkshire. To date, they have raised £180.

There are estimated to be around 10,000 people with Usher Syndrome in the UK. In addition to fundraising, Jacqueline regularly volunteers for Sense, working on short breaks for children and adults with complex needs to take on new challenges.

Jacqueline said: 

"I have Usher Syndrome, and I am really passionate about supporting Sense, both because of my sensory impairment and because of my first-hand experience of working with people who are deafblind.

The trek was an incredible experience, especially walking across the fast flowing rivers. It was a strenuous challenge, but that’s what led me to choose to do it."

Visit Jacqueline and Alexandra’s JustGiving page to support them.