Visually impaired Leeds schoolgirl scoops VIP prize

Jorja Brown.
Jorja Brown.
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A visually impaired youngster from Leeds left her hometown to travel to London after scooping the top prize in a writing competition.

Jorja Brown, 11, from Holbeck, won a VIP trip on the London Eye after putting pen to paper in the contest by Action for Blind People.

Four other winners joined Jorja aboard their very own VIP capsule.

Jorja, who has enough vision to enjoy some of the views, said: “It was my first time in London, so I really enjoyed looking out at the whole of the city and being able to see the attractions from a great height.”

In her winning competition entry, Jorja wrote about the Leeds Actionnaires club – one of the charity’s 23 activity clubs for blind and partially sighted children, which aims to help them enjoy full and active lives.

She said: “I met new friends, learning different things. We were able to enjoy archery, climbing, abseiling, biking and canoeing.

“It was an exciting adventure, and I did things I’d never done before.”

Mum Donna said: “Since joining Actionnaires, Jorja has really grown in confidence and enjoys doing new things.

“She recently took part in visually impaired cricket, which she didn’t think she would be able to do, but really enjoyed it.”

For more about Actionnaires clubs in Yorkshire, visit

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