This is a most uncharacteristic and ambitious move on my part but you know, what have I got to lose?
Many of you will be aware that I was born with impaired vision. Congenital optic atrophy has meant that I have 6:60, rather than 20:20 vision - In the simplest terms, I essentially see things from 6 feet away the size that 'normal people' would see from 20 feet away.
You may have noticed too that I like to tinker with electronics, restoring old record players, guitars, amplifiers and such. Much of this work involves working with small stuff such as circuit boards, capacitors, resistors etc but sadly I find this a real struggle and often have to either abandon things or pay someone else to do them.
My passion for tinkering has really taken off over the last few months during which I have been off work with stress. I can't really go into detail about this but suffice is to say I have been off for almost 12 months mow; let's just say that nowadays is a VERY difficult time for someone with disabilities (I also have bipolar disorder) to hold down a job.
Last week during a routine eye examination I enquired about visual aids that may help me with soldering and the like. This led me try out some equipment at home.
In short, I have discovered a real game changer. The Clearview system seen in the picture allows me to zoom in and work on stuff with confidence like never before. The problem is, it costs more than I can afford.
I do intend on buying this thing, but at £1700 (exc VAT) for the most basic model, it's really going to put a dent in my finances so I've decided to try and seek some support.
As I'm not eligible for any financial support for this (given that it is 'for home use') I've decided to seek a little help from my friends to lessen the blow. I realise this seems a bit cheeky but as I said, what have I got to lose?
By contributing a few bob you really could help me to acquire a life changing piece of kit. I'd also be happy to help with any electronics work, record player repair etc you may need done.