Mary is holding on to what she loves

Mary is making scones
Mary is again able to make scones.

Cooking and baking have been Mary’s whole life. But when her eyesight began to deteriorate she found herself unable to do the thing she loves most – nurture her family and friends through food.

When Mary’s sons ring to say they are coming round, Mary loves nothing more than to get into the kitchen and whip up a batch of scones or some other sweet treat. And her sons adore their mum’s home baking. As Mary says:

Mary's scones in the oven
Mary can now bake safely again.

“Without baking in my life I don’t think I would have felt like a very good mother and perhaps grandmother. It was part of my life and I really enjoy baking.”

Mary knew she didn’t want baking to be taken away from her. So she reached out for help. And it was donations from Kiwis like you that gave her access to support from Blind Foundation specialist Shireen.


Shireen started by providing guidance and positive reinforcement to help Mary feel confident in the kitchen once again.

As Mary says:

“Baking can’t cure life’s problems. But it makes me so happy and it has helped me to rebuild my confidence and self-esteem. I can’t thank you enough for your support.”