I Can climb mountains – Georgia’s story

Georgia’s I Can campaign poster shows a large image of her smiling, sitting in her wheelchair. The tag line reads ‘I Can climb mountains’ and there is a quote from her which reads “I don’t let my disabilities hold me back, I can overcome any obstacle"

Hereford student Georgia Potter grasped the opportunity to be part of The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC)’s ‘I Can’ campaign with the same determination that she demonstrates in all aspects of her life. The 19 year old has been chosen as one of the faces of the national campaign and will feature in videos, on posters and in magazines.

Georgia has an eye condition called Nystagmus, where the eyes involuntarily wobble, and also uses a wheelchair due to having Cerebral Palsy. Since starting at the College, she has focused not only on her studies but a whole range of activities and has gained confidence and independence in all areas of her life.

“I like to be quite active and have worked hard whilst at RNC to live as independently as possible,” she said. “I’ve achieved my bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards, taken up archery and also enjoy horse riding.”

At her mainstream school, Georgia was told that it would be difficult for her to achieve the Awards but she was keen to do them and embraced the opportunity at the College. Her confidence increased because of this and she enjoyed sharing the challenge of doing something that was never thought possible with friends. She experienced camping for the first time, learnt to cook outdoors, volunteered in a school and did boxercise as well as undertaking a sponsored silence in aid of RNC.

Georgia was eager for her part in the campaign to focus on how empowered she feels. Although initially nervous, she took part in a photo shoot and created a film with RNC’s Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator Barry Morris, sat around a campfire talking of her experiences.

“I’m so glad the opportunity to do Duke of Edinburgh came to me,” shared Georgia. “I’ve proved to people ‘I can’. I’ve proved it to myself, even. I knew I could do it; it was just having the right help in place to do so.”

You can read more about Georgia and watch her video here.

Article written by Anika Backhouse, PR, Publications & Outreach Officer at RNC