Amber’s Star: Freya Jones

freyaheadshotAt Amber we look to recognise the achievements of the talented individuals we support and today we are pleased to announce that Freya Jones has been made our latest Amber Star!

Amber has supported Freya for her singing development. She suffers from progressive visual impairment caused by genetic eye disease Retinitis pigmentosa which will eventually result in total sight loss.

This year started badly with Freya losing her driving licence, due to deterioration of her peripheral vision and night blindness; she is now registered blind. However the news of an Amber bursary, ensured her singing training continued, lifted her spirits, provided her a boost of confidence and as a result she has now passed her grade 8 singing exam at her first attempt.

Subsequent to this, Freya then auditioned successfully and was cast by Youth Music Theatre (YMT) UK in their contemporary vocal and danfreya1ce production “sweat factory” which will be premiering at Sadlers Wells, London in July/August 2015.

Additionally, Freya competed with fully sighted candidates in open auditions for London drama schools and has been successful in obtaining a years pre-professional foundation course at BIRD College in London.

Visual impairment means you have to adapt to a different kind of life, but with the Amber Trust supporting her, YMT UK being highly accessible and supportive and BIRD making reasonable adaptations for a disabled student. Freya is fighting hard to continue her work in theatre performance, despite her sight limitations and become a disability role model.

Many, many congratulations to Freya- Amber’s newest Star!