12:45PM, Saturday 06 December 2014
A sharp shooter at SportsAble has been given a helping hand from fundraising friends to pursue a new hobby.
Bradley Godson lost his eyesight in October last year due to complications with type 1 diabetes and found a new passion for air weaponry at the disabled sports centre in Braywick Road earlier this year.
After trying his hand at a range of activities including cricket and goalball, the 30-year-old discovered he was a natural on the range with an air rifle.
To allow him to maximise his time honing a new skill, his friends raised £2,500 to buy Bradley his own rifle, audio scope and case, which were presented to him on Monday.
A laser beam on the gun transmits a sound to Bradley's headphones to indicate how close he is aiming to the centre of the target 10 metres away.
Fundraising efforts included Julia Nicklaus walking 80 miles in the Peak District and Kevin Ormorod (ok) swimming 10 miles in Bray Lake, as well as support from Bird Hills Golf Club and The Tenants of London Silver Vaults.
"I'm ecstatic," said Bradley, a former Windsor Boys' School pupil.
"It's great to have a place to go, as a blind person there's not many things I can do.
"There is so many people to thank."
The Larchfield resident is planning on entering competitions soon and his dad Neil said he has shown a real aptitude for the sport.
Bradley is currently waiting for kidney and pancreas transplants and wanted to thank everyone at the Royal Berkshire, King Edward VII, Wexham Park, Churchill and John Radcliffe hospitals for all their support over the last year.
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