A partially sighted Leyland grandad is taking on the Inca Trail in Peru to raise money for Galloways charity for the blind.
James Coulton is the Outdoor Activities Coordinator for Galloways and began losing his sight in November 2002.
James is registered blind and said that initially, it was “devastating” and that everything he thought he knew had come to an end.
Before losing his sight he was an active person and liked the outdoors, he thought that he could not do any of the activities he once enjoyed.
Despite being slightly reluctant at first, James decided to visit Galloways and have a go at some of their activities for those with sight loss.
Whilst on a trip with Galloways to the Lake District, James was inspired by a man who was blind from birth that was attempting a climbing wall.
James said, “I was thinking if he can go up there and can’t see at all and I can see a little bit, I’m going to give it a go,
“From that moment on something twigged inside and I thought there are things I can still do.”
Since then James has fully thrown himself into any challenge and said he came back from that trip a different person.
James’s confidence continued to grow as he attended more and more activities put on by Galloways.
Since then he has become the outdoor activity and audio services coordinator for the charity.
“Galloways helped me rebuild my life, gain my confidence and independence,
“If someone now says to me you can’t do that, you are registered blind, well I’ve give it a bloody good go.”
The 5-day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu that James will be attempting will be an arduous journey at altitudes of 4200 metres.
“It’s going to be a challenge for me and I’ve never been to high altitudes before so I don’t know how that will affect me,
“Hopefully I’ll raise some money along the way to help Galloways carry on the fantastic work that they do.”
You can help James out by donating to his VirginMoneyGiving page here.
Deepdale Labour Club is getting involved to help raise money for James by hosting a charity auction.
They will be auctioning off prizes such as a family ticket for PNE, A Signed PNE Shirt, 4 tickets for a Lancashire 20 x 20 game of your choice and 2-night break at Windermere Manor Hotel.
The Charity Auction is on Saturday 29th February at Deepdale Labour Club on Skeffington Road.——