Phillip Collins, Author at Speed Of Sight

December 1, 2020

We’re delighted to announce that the new headline sponsor for Speed of Sight is world-renowned windscreen manufacturer, TRICO.

As leaders in their field, TRICO produce wiper systems and accessories that are trusted to keep millions of drivers across the world safe, and it’s an honour to be teaming up with such an esteemed company who can bring so much to the table in terms of both experience and credibility.

As a “First in Industry” company, TRICO have always been the go-to manufacturer for windscreen wiper blades, and they’ve been offering superior-quality products since their inception over 100 years ago. Their products are used globally, and their expertise and constant innovation help to make the roads a safer place for everyone, which is why it’s such a pleasure to have them on-board.

Our new sponsors have known about our great work for some time, and speaking about the exciting partnership, TRICO’s Senior Marketing Manager Sam Robinson explained why they chose to team up with us:

“After a difficult year for all, it’s a nice way to give something back, especially to this great charity. I’ve known about them for years and went to visit them at the start of 2020 and was amazed with everything they do. I challenge anyone to go to one of their track days and not be inspired by the experience they give to people with considerable difficulties.”

We’d like to express how excited we are to have TRICO joining the family. We’re a close-knit team and the guys at TRICO are extremely enthusiastic about our charity and helping us as much as they can so we’re incredibly grateful for that and look forward to working together.

Although we now have our headline sponsor on-board, we’re always on the lookout for other smaller smaller sponsors to get involved with the work we do. So, if you’re interested in offering sponsorship and supporting the amazing track experiences we provide for our drivers, please get in touch with a member of our dedicated team today as we’d be delighted to hear from you.  


December 1, 2020

At Speed of Sight, we’ve been offering blind people the opportunity to experience the thrill of driving with our incredible track day events for the past 12 years. Throughout that time, we’ve helped many with disabilities enjoy a happier and more fulfilled life as our experiences can help our drivers build confidence, give them a sense of independence and they’re also a tonne of fun too!

But although we’ve done our utmost to provide a platform for our drivers to enjoy these invaluable experiences, we believe it’s important to remind ourselves and each other that there are ways we can all help to make the lives of the visually-impaired that little bit easier.

For those who suffer from visual impairments, even some of the things most of us consider to be simple, every day tasks can pose a challenge, so we feel it’s important to offer a helping hand wherever we can. Here’s are a few tips for achieving that goal.

Offer help in the right way

If you’re looking to offer help to a blind person, be sure to ask them first. If your help is refused, try not to get offended. Some may have had bad experiences in the past which could make them reluctant, while others may simply wish to do things by themselves. It’s therefore important to ask whether any help is needed before assuming, no matter how sincere your intentions.

If you’re offering help, then remember they can’t see what you can, so it’s important to be as explanatory as possible. If you’re assisting someone with crossing the road, for example, try to be clear and precise by giving them all the help they need to do so safely.

Ask them for instructions if guiding

When you’re offering a helping hand, be sure to ask where they want to go. They can give you all the information you need so just ask them for details of where they’d like to go and it’ll make things easier all round. Oh, and remember to try and go slowly and at their desired pace – nobody wants to be dragged around by a stranger!

Say your name when you first interact

For blind people or even people with limited sight, recognising faces can be hard work when you can’t see very well. Even if it’s a face they see all the time, they may still struggle, so it’s always a good idea to introduce yourself with your name when you first meet as it can be really helpful.

Don’t distract guide dogs

Look, we get it, we all love dogs. But while guide dogs may be really cute, stroking them is not only rude and potentially annoying for the blind person, but it could also distract the dog, putting both of them in potential danger. A visually impaired person and a guide dog act as a team, but when something intercepts it can cause problems so please try and avoid this behaviour.

This isn’t to say you can’t offer help to someone who has a guide dog, but if you’re in that position just try and keep your interaction with the animal to a minimum.

Avoid condescending remarks

Telling blind people they’re “inspirational” or “Brave” may sound complimentary, but in reality these kind of statements are condescending and only serve to irritate or offend. People with visual impairments just want to live their lives like everyone else, and constantly highlighting the fact they can’t see very well with patronising remarks just helps to shine an unwanted spotlight on their disability.

We realise that when making some of the mistakes mentioned above, really you’re just looking to help. Just try to remember these points and your help is guaranteed to be much more appreciated, which is better for both you and the person you’re interacting with.

Here at Speed of Sight we believe that regardless of visual impairment or any other disability, everyone should be able to experience the excitement and immense enjoyment of driving. If you’re interested in volunteering or sponsoring our incredible work, then please get in touch with a member of our dedicated team as we’d love to hear from you!


November 5, 2020

In a previous blog post we covered the obvious benefits of a driving experience with us – fun, experiencing new things and improved confidence & independence – but as well as those advantages, there are a number of other positives each of our drivers take from a day on the track with us.

We provide these experiences for a range of reasons and each of our participants may derive different things from their day with Speed of Sight, so to give you an idea of how you or someone you know can benefit here’s a list of some of the lesser-known things our drivers can take from a track day experience with us.

Strength building

Driving a car on the racetrack can help to strengthen your upper body muscles. As some of our participants have limited mobility, this could be particularly beneficial when their exercise is usually restricted. Our driving experiences typically last around 15 minutes – sometimes longer, depending on how many people arrive on the day – so this gives ample time to get the blood flowing and help build up the strength of those muscles.

Improved concentration

We all rely on our ability to focus. Poor concentration can be an issue for even the best of us, and our driving experiences can help improve concentration. When our participants hit the track, they’ll be given guidance by their instructor who’ll accompany them throughout. Listening to these instructions and communicating effectively requires a certain level of concentration and as the brain acts like a muscle, the more we train it the better our focus will be.    

Reflex improvement

Driving can greatly improve our reflex movement and it’s no different for anyone enjoying a track experience with Speed of Sight. Again, our drivers will need to follow the instructor’s advice, and they’ll explain the turns and actions the driver will need to perform to manoeuvre the car safely, which is an effective way of sharpening those reflexes and improving reactions.

Improved flow of oxygen

When we participate in adrenaline-fuelling activities, this can have a profound impact on our respiratory system – it can feel like breathing air for the first time all over again! This surge of oxygen to the brain can be accompanied by a host of natural chemicals such as serotonin which can help relieve stress and improve our overall health and wellbeing.

When our drivers take the wheel, they do so for a variety of reasons. These differ from person-to-person, but as we’ve shown with this post the benefits are varied so with so many advantages to be had there’s something everyone can take away with them. If you’re interested in offering sponsorship for the amazing work we do here at Speed of Sight, please get in touch with a member of our dedicated team as we’d be delighted to hear from you!


October 5, 2020

If you’ve only just come across our charity and the incredible driving experiences we provide for blind and disabled people, you’d be forgiven for wondering whether what we offer is completely safe. The answer is yes, it’s 100% safe.

At Speed of Sight we’ve been changing the lives of disabled people for over 8 years and the only thing more important to us than providing these amazing experiences is our drivers’ safety. Without our careful attention to detail, our track days simply wouldn’t be possible, but thankfully we have a large team of dedicated people who all come together to ensure our drivers feel the full experience of driving while doing so in complete and utter safety. Here’s how we keep our drivers safe.

Instructors

Every driver will be accompanied by a driving instructor to ensure the safety of the person behind the wheel and many of our track-day instructors are also professional driving instructors, so they certainly know a thing or two about driving safely. All of our vehicles are operated using a dual steering system and the instructor also has a kill-switch that can be used to take full control of the car if necessary.

Headsets

Communication is key, which is why whenever someone comes for a driving experience with us, they’ll be wired up to a headset so they can communicate with their instructor when they’re driving around the track. This helps to ensure the instructor can pass on any instructions safely and efficiently, while also allowing the driver to ask any questions or get clarification if they’re a little unsure of anything.

Track Marshals

If you’re a fan of motorsports, you may have seen the people stood on the side of the track in Formula 1 waving the red and green flags. They’re called track marshals and it’s their job to keep an eye on things to make sure everyone’s safe. Some members of our team are trackside marshals when they’re not volunteering with us, and they use their expertise to help keep our drivers safe while they’re on the track with us.

Helmets & gloves

In addition to the aforementioned safety measures we’ve put in place, all drivers will also be given a helmet and a pair of gloves. Anyone enjoying a track day experience with us will also be offered cushions to make sure they’re as comfortable as possible while speeding round the track.

Without the work of all our volunteers and the amazing sponsorship we receive from all of our donors, we simply wouldn’t be able to put these track days on for our drivers. If you’re interested in offering some support, please get in touch with a member of our team today as we’d be delighted to hear from you.


July 23, 2020

A charity is a non-profit organisation and this means that they rely on the generosity of donors, sponsors and the general public in order to continue providing their services. According to statistics, there are around 166,000 registered charities currently in operation in the UK and this means that some organisations are not as well-known as others. Read on as we go over three different ways that you can help sponsor Speed of Sight…

Quiz Nights

There is nothing more exciting than a traditional pub quiz at the local boozer, and they can also be an effective way to raise money for a good cause. Throughout the event, a donation box can be set up for those who are willing to part with a bit of spare cash, or the host can even ask for an individual or team entry fee that will be donated to the charity in question at the very end of the quiz. This allows participants to raise awareness and funds without feeling like they are being pressured into donating.

Bake Sale

Although the idea may sound like an American imitation, a community bake sale is one of the most effective ways to sponsor a charity. After all, it is incredibly cost-effective to put on and children often do a lot of the marketing by convincing their parents to purchase a cupcake, or two! Of course, there is a little bit of skill, preparation and expense involved in a bake sale sponsorship, however the proceeds are typically worth it.

Extreme Sports

Putting your body to the test in order to raise funds is a tale as old as time. After all, people have taken part in sponsored swimming, hiking and running for decades! The reason why extreme sports tend to obtain so much attention is because humans are naturally inquisitive and this means that sponsoring a loved one, friend or acquaintance take part in an activity for charity is often more interesting. Plus, there are so many charities in the UK that it is impossible to donate to every single one so these activates tend to make people aware and encourage them to make a donation.

The freedom of driving is something that we tend to take for granted as the blind and disabled are robbed of this privilege from the onset of their disability. Here at Speed of Sight, we hold driving days to give people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to the ability to sit behind the wheel of a car and feel the wind in their hair. With this said, we rely on your generosity to keep this service going! To find out more information about sponsorship and fund-raising, get in contact with a member of the Speed of Sight team today!