Tora’s challenge

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A FOUR-YEAR-OLD girl from Cleckheaton who suffers from a rare visual impairment will embark on an inspirational charity walk.

Tora Clapham suffers from aniridia – a condition where someone is born without any irises – and is registered blind.

She will raise money for charities Aniridia Network UK (ANUK) and Bradford Toy Library by taking part in a sponsored walk along the Spen Valley Greenway next month.

Her mum Susan Blissett is also taking part in the sponsored walk, and described Tora as a ‘remarkable’ daughter.

She said: “She is just like any other young girl. She absolutely loves music, anything from nursery rhymes to Lady Gaga!”

Tora has some of her eyesight but has to use a cane. She will start in the reception class at Howard Park School this year.

Susan said: “She is already learning Braille, because we don’t know what will happen in the future to her eyesight, and she is doing really well.”

Tora will be joined on the two-mile walk by her mum, along with sister, Riley, eight, and brother Zachariah, who is one.

Susan said that her family had been supported massively by both ANUK and the toy library, and wanted to give something back to them.

She said: “These are the two charities that helped us the most and we would like to raise awareness about the work that they do.

“There are no leaflets in hospitals for parents with children who have aniridia, so ANUK really helped us because we were able to speak to adults who had the condition and share our experiences.”

The walk will take place on Saturday September 15. To take part, meet at the Morrisons in Heckmondwike at 2pm. The walk will finish at Tesco in Cleckheaton.

To make a pledge of your own to Tora, visit www.charitygiving.co.uk/toraswalk.