Working with a large number of blind and visually impaired children and young people across the region, I have seen first hand how important it is that they have access to the same experiences as their peers in order to make sense of the world around them. Often, participating in such activities is not possible due to the nature of their disability, and when it is, the experiences these young people have is very different to those of their fully sighted friends. We would love to be able to provide new and exciting experiences for these young people, to allow them to try new things that they wouldn't otherwise engage in, and also importantly, to have the opportunity to socialise with other people with a vision impairment so they can talk to like-minded people facing the same daily struggles and challenges as them. It helps them to feel they are not alone and this brings comfort as well as helping to develop friendships where their vision impairment can often impact on their ability to make friends otherwise. Unfortunately, many of our children come from low-income families, and such experiences do not come cheap. We would like to raise a small amount of money to help make these visits possible and change the lives and aspirations of these young people.