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Blind teenager attempts to set new Guinness World Record

Blind teenager attempts to set new Guinness World Record

Former Strathallan pupil, William Kent will need to paddle 1000 metres across the choppy waters of Loch Tay in order to set a new Guinness World Record.

The 18-year-old from Perthshire will attempt to become the world’s fastest blind stand up paddle boarder.

Despite being blind with Stargardt’s disease, the young adventurer will have paddle the distance wearing a blindfold to break the new record.

Throughout his training, William is raising funds £25,000 for ‘Help See the Blind’ a new initiative making it easier for the blind and their carers to find support, education and employment.

William said, “There are almost 2 million people living with sight difficulties in the UK, these difficulties can compound mental and emotional stress on top of what is already a massive shock to those who have had sight and then lose it.

“I am blind because of Stargardt’s disease but I want people to look past that and see me. I have dreams and ambitions​. I am a poet, a musician and an amateur historian. I want an education and a career, opportunities for which are very limited for the blind.”

William is training for the new world record with David Fox Pitt MBE, ex-SAS regiment and founder of WildFox Events Ltd and pro-SUP boarder Ross Dempster of Beyond Adventure, based in Aberfeldy.

Those interested in supporting Will’s challenge can do so: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/help-see-the-blind?utm_id=60&utm_term=Jw77pK75a

Will's WR attempt is sponsored by MyLiferaft: An online account for self- management of health and care needs for carers and those they support and Gift for Carers: A gift card giving access to discounts and gifts, again aimed at thanking a carer.

Find out more about the challenge on the 'Help See The Blind' website: https://helpseetheblind.co.uk/guinness-world-record/