I have this wonderful opportunity: to cook around the world and show that just being blind doesn’t hold me (or others) back.
As one of the 50 worldwide blind semi-finalists for the Holman prize, I now have about four weeks to flesh out my original pitch with a detailed plan and budget if I’m to reach the Final. The prize commemorates James Holman who, like me, was blinded when serving in the Royal Navy.
I’m looking for people in different countries (whether chef or home-cook, sighted or not) willing to spend about half a day cooking with me – in cafes, restaurants, homes or anywhere else within reason! These are the people who will make this whole adventure come alive: helping me bust myths about what blind people can do. Together, we can capture some favourite and local recipes and share them across the globe through the Baking Blind YouTube channel, podcast, blogs and social media: there’s an example of me cooking with John and our sillier Comic relief fundraising episode.
My only concern is that the budget will probably be too tight for much travel away from main airports. But I’m already trying to raise more funds and help-in-kind so that I can go further, meet more cooks and reach more people.
If you or someone you know could help, take part or would like to know more, just drop me an e-mail to email@example.com
Penny Melville-Brown OBE
Disability Dynamics ltd www.disabilitydynamics.co.uk
Helping disabled people to work since 2000
I am competing alongside around 100 other international blind people for the inaugural Holman prize being awarded by the San Francisco ‘Lighthouse’ organisation to allow the winner to fulfill their dream.
Each of us has created a short video clip – there are many excellent ideas from amazing people. My own goal is to take the ‘Baking Blind” channel and website around the world: cooking with other people and showing that life with a disability can still be fun, fabulous and fulfilling. I’ve spent nearly 20 years helping other people with health conditions and impairments to get back to work so I know there’s lots of talent out there if others can look beyond our disabilities and see the people we are.
The prize commemorates James Holman who became blind while serving in the Royal Navy in the early 19th century –his adventures travelling solo around the world are celebrated in his biography “A Sense of the World”. Coincidentally, I am also a blind veteran having left the Royal Navy as a Commander in 1999.
You can support me with a ‘Thumbs Up’ for my YouTube clip at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26G_kenQFQ4
And see other dreams for the Holman prize at https://www.holmanprize.org/candidates . First round ‘voting’ closes on 7 March 2017.