Student’s fundraising challenge for a cause very close to her heart

City College Norwich student Louise Goldsmith.

City College Norwich student Louise Goldsmith. - Credit: Submitted

A Norwich student is tackling the last ever BT Tower challenge to raise funds for Action on Hearing Loss this Halloween.

Louise Goldsmith, 19, is a student at City College Norwich and will be racing up the 842 steps of the ctower in London in support of the charity's biomedical research into a cure for hearing loss.

Louise from Woodbridge, Suffolk who suffers from a hearing loss, said: 'I'm really excited about this challenge because it is my first and I hope to do others.

'I wanted to participate in an event so that I could raise funds for a charity that is close to my heart and I decided to do this event as it is the last ever BT tower climb.

'I believe the work of Action on Hearing Loss is truly amazing and gives some people hope. I know the funds raised would make a huge impact on people like myself and will also help fund Biomedical Research towards finding a cure, which I support a great deal.'

Diagnosed when she was seven, Louise said that a positive attitude is a must whilst coping with a disability. 'I have good days and bad days, some days I feel I have hit a brick wall and feel frustrated because I feel it is stopping me from achieving.

'On good days, I have a positive attitude and try my hardest to work my way around the barrier.

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'The support I receive from my family and close friends is very encouraging.

'Based upon my own experiences while growing up through primary and secondary mainstream education, I have faced many barriers first hand and feel I would be able to offer valued support.

'I have learnt along the way that a positive attitude plays an important role in achieving when you have a disability. Of course, it is easier said than done.

So far, Louise has raised £446.30 towards her goal of £500, but she said she would love to raise £1000 for the charity.

Executive Director of Fundraising for Action on Hearing Loss David Steadman said: 'We are incredibly grateful to our supporters who do so much to make our life-changing work possible, so parents, grandparents, and everyone with hearing loss can overcome their challenges and live fulfilling lives.'

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