Blind woman’s epic Icelandic journey

Lisa Corbett and Natalie Hargreaves at the top of an Icelandic mountain. Picture: RNIB

Lisa Corbett and Natalie Hargreaves at the top of an Icelandic mountain. Picture: RNIB - Credit: Archant

A blind businesswoman has completed a trek through the mountainous and volcanic landscape of Iceland.

Lisa Corbett took on the five-day challenge to help Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) continue providing emotional and practical support to blind and partially sighted people.

Earlier this month Great Yarmouth resident Lisa returned from Iceland.

During the trek, Lisa covered 37km (23 miles) and experienced mountain climbs, volcanic sulphur clouds, mossy lava fields, hot springs and gale force winds. She was part of a team of over 30 trekkers, of whom 11 were blind or partially sighted.

51-year-old Lisa, who runs Knitters Knook in the Victoria Arcade, was born partially deaf and went on to be diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) when she was 21. She has since been registered as severely sight impaired and only has 5pc central vision left.

Lisa has so far raised over £2,700 for RNIB, a charity that provides a range of services and support for blind and partially sighted people.

Speaking about her experience, Lisa said: “I saw the Iceland Trek on RNIB’s website and it was something I’d always wanted to do. I love walking, and to be able to do this once in a lifetime event and raise money for a worthwhile cause was even better.

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“The local trek guides did an amazing job at guiding us all. They were so patient and helpful, even moving boulders for us so we could cross streams.

“I am so glad to have been part of this challenge which has created a memory that will last a lifetime. I would recommend RNIB’s Iceland Trek to anyone sight impaired or otherwise – it truly was an amazing journey.”

Following the success of the event, RNIB has launched a second Iceland Trek taking place from September 23-25, 2017. Trekkers will have a fundraising target of £2,650 and will be supported by RNIB’s dedicated team every step of the way. To find out more or to sign up, visit

To support Lisa’s fundraising efforts, she will be accepting donations at her shop, Knitters Knook in the Victoria Arcade.