Words by Abi Scaife
A local DJ is raising money for charity, with the help of an accessible car race.
Great! What’s the story?
Yvette Chivers, also known as DJ MissChivers, 45, from Cambridge was diagnosed with the genetic eye condition Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) over twenty years ago.
Fifteen years ago, Yvette had to return her driving licence to the DVLA; but this year she is taking on AbleNet’s Blind Driving Experience to raise money for the RNIB - the Royal National Institute of Blind People.
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“I’m unbelievably excited to be back behind a steering wheel!” said Yvette. “When I learned I wouldn’t be able to drive anymore I was devastated, and it felt like I was stripped of my independence.
“So, I thought marking the anniversary with AbleNet’s Blind Driving Experience was a perfect way to do something I once enjoyed, and to raise money for RNIB who support a cause very close to my heart.”
For the experience, Yvette will be driving three supercars around an official track, accompanied by a professional instructor who will give feedback on direction and speed.
If you want to support Yvette’s fundraising efforts, you can do so by donating to her JustGiving page.
At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.
RNIB. This charity offers support to blind and partially sighted people across the UK. Learn more here.
BlindAid. This is London's oldest charity for blind and visually impaired people, working to improve quality of life and promote independence. Support them here.
Guide Dogs UK. Guide Dogs supports and raises awareness for blind and partially sighted people. Find out more here.