Ben was born with a rare medical condition called Septo-Optic Dysplasia. This means that as well as being on regular medication he has mild learning difficulties. Ben however has never let this hold him back, and he went on to study both Media and Business courses at local colleges.
Chris had to medically retire from teaching in 2015 and with the support of Surrey Adult Social Care became Ben’s Buddy and business partner. They share a passion for wildlife, nature and photography and have been members of the Surrey Wildlife Trust for a number of years. Their photographs have featured in a number of Surrey based charity calendars and they work commercially in the construction industry producing blogs for social media sites.
Ben and Chris walk together extensively during the week exploring nature and the countryside throughout Surrey and Hampshire. Each trip is recorded in Ben’s personal blog with accompanying photographs and notes. Last year they both felt they could be doing more for the wildlife on their own doorstep and took the plunge to build a pond!