About Dee Jones - founder of Sense Adventures
Dee created Sense Adventures to provide the holiday that she had been looking for herself but could not find.
Dee was brought up in London and trained and worked as a Chartered Accountant and Financial Analyst. She moved to the Malvern Hills area thirty years ago with her young family and immediately fell in love with the hills, exploring them with her three young children.
Dee moved to the village of Colwall, in Herefordshire, nestling in the Western slopes of the Malvern Hills, where she has lived for twenty years and has engaged fully in the country life, walking her collie dogs on the hills daily.
She was diagnosed with Rod and Cone Dystrophy eighteen years ago and her sight is continuing to deteriorate. She is constantly learning an awareness that what she sees is changing and how to live differently.
Dee attended The Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford and found it a life changing experience. She was always inspired by role models of blind people doing both normal and extraordinary things but did not understand how they were able to do those things. The college and the students that she met showed her how and it is an ongoing learning process. She learned the amazing ways that, for example, a smart phone can enable the reading of e-mails and texts and how to use the electronic pen friend to label food.
She also began to learn to use the speaking software ‘Jaws’ enabling her to run a business. Dee trained as a Massage Therapist at the college and has a successful business working from home offering a range of therapies, and at The Clover Mill Retreat.
Dee still has some useful sight and was matched with her first guide dog, Jax, eight years ago. Jax joins the Sense Adventures walks leading the guide dogs in crashing through long grass and seeking out the best puddles.