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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Penny Melville-Brown OBE
Disability Dynamics ltd www.disabilitydynamics.co.uk
Helping disabled people to work since 2000