Miles Hilton-Barber is a name everyone in Derbyshire should be familiar with. He is a pioneering blind adventurer who has achieved a series of incredible feats since losing his sight a little over 25 years ago.
Miles credits Sight Support Derbyshire with helping him adapt to his condition and encouraging him to make the most of his life “They were there when I needed them and played a critical role in building my confidence. The charity liaised with social services on my behalf to organise mobility training to help me get around easier and my achievements have their roots in those difficult early moments.”
Miles sought to help others in similar positions in Derbyshire by volunteering within the organisations sports and leisure services. He was part of Sight Support Derbyshire’s goalball team that won two national tournaments with some of the team even going on to represent Britain at the Paralympics games in Atlanta.
The BBC labelled Miles as the worlds most adventurous blind person and with his startling record of achievements it is impossible to argue. Amongst many other notable accomplishments, including a number of world records, Miles was the first blind aviator to break the sound barrier, he set the Malaysian Grand Prix lap record for a blind driver and completing the “toughest foot race on earth” – 150 miles across the Sahara Desert, the infamous Marathon des Sables.
Now an inspirational keynote speaker, Miles has a message for us all, “the only limits in our lives are those we accept ourselves”.