Born in 1968, Dianne was brought up in her parents’ house in Hull with her three older sisters, a younger brother and her adopted blind sister. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a teenager. 2007 was Dianne’s own ‘annus horribilis’ as she caught meningitis and this, together with complications stemming from her diabetes, led to her losing most of her sight in the August of that year. She is now registered blind. A single mother of three children, she set up her own charity ‘VisAbility’ to help other visually impaired (VI) people in Hull and East Yorkshire and Dianne now works with RNIB on campaigns to improve the lives of VI people. Dianne now lives in the historic town of Beverley with her children, her retired guide dog Hattie and a current guide dog Darcy, pet dog Bob and three cats. She describes her house as always being colourful.