North Lynn lady set to face fears for charity

A women will face her fears tomorrow when she walks over the top of the O2 arena in aid of the Guide Dog Association.

After seeing the bond between her blind fiance and his guide dog, Jandy, and seeing what a difference a guide dog can do to a registered blind individual, Tracey Day wanted to give something back to the association.

She said she had witnessed the amount of support and opportunities Jandy gives her fiance Gordon Stewart on a daily basis.

Tracey, aged 50, said: “ Gordon has got his independence back”.

After having multiple strokes Gordon Stewart, 47 and father of two was left registered blind and with numbness on the right side of his body in 2012, which as a result, he was forced to leave his occupation as a skip lorry driver and now is unable to work.

He lives with his fiancee Tracey, in North Lynn, and she is an activity coordinator for a care home.

Tracey, a mother of three, suffers from an intense fear of heights.

But when asked why is she doing such an adventurous act to raise money, she said: “People who are blind have such a hard and challenging life, I wanted to do something just as challenging for the shock factor”.

Tracey has practised facing her fear by climbing up the wind turbine in Swaffham.

She said: “I was very nervous, especially when the blade came close to where I was standing and started to shake the platform”.

Tracey has already raised £300 for the Guide Dog Association and has a £350 from the O2 walk to give to the organisation as they can buy the guide dog’s necessities.

Tracey admitted to being nervous about walking across the O2 arena in London’s North Greenwich, but said: “It is a 28 degree angle going up and a 30 degree angle coming down.

“But I am really looking forward to it and I am very excited.”

Gordon suffered a stroke in 2012. Over the next two years Gordon had a further two stokes, before being diagnosed with small vessel disease, a condition in which small arteries in the brain become narrowed, as well as atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat.