Inspiring Talk by Lois Turner and Hugo Hare Empowers Aysgarth Pupils to Support Yorkshire Vikings Visually Impaired Cricket Club

Today, pupils at Aysgarth School were treated to an extraordinary talk by Lois Turner and one of their pupils, Hugo Hare, showcasing the transformative power of sports and community. The talk aimed to raise awareness and funds for the Yorkshire Vikings Visually Impaired Cricket Club (YVVICC), a beacon of inclusivity and support for individuals with visual impairments.

Lois Turner, a remarkable individual who has defied the odds despite being visually impaired, shared her journey of resilience and triumph. From representing Great Britain in GoalBall to pursuing her Masters in Occupational Therapy, Lois's story captivated the audience and highlighted the importance of perseverance and determination.

Lois emphasised the profound impact that YVVICC has had on her life. "We just have to do things a little bit differently," she remarked, "and it's just nice to talk when we get together. We are like a family at cricket, at sport, and we are there for each other."

Joining Lois on stage was Hugo Hare, aged 11, whose unwavering spirit in the face of blindness serves as a testament to the human capacity for resilience. Together, Lois and Hugo painted a vivid picture of camaraderie and support within the YVVICC community.

The YVVICC is much more than a sports organisation, serves as a lifeline for its members. Providing not only cricket training but also essential support and guidance for everyday tasks, the club fosters a sense of belonging and acceptance.

With matches spanning across the country, from Durham to Lancashire to Surrey and beyond, YVVICC is committed to making its activities accessible to all. However, the club requires additional funding to continue its vital work, including providing transportation assistance and improving overall accessibility. There are alarmingly few clubs or groups in the area for visually impaired people meaning that many have to travel far to access this wonderful and supportive community.

Lois Turner issued a heartfelt plea to the audience: "Donate and make a difference. YVVICC is a gateway to helping others." Many children asked how they could help and Lois told the audience that a JustGiving page has been set up and some of the money raised from the Aysgarth Big Walk would be given to YVVICC   - Click Here