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Walk The Blindfold Mile – Malvern
Imagine going about your world with sight loss.
On Saturday 21st April Cllr Cynthia Palmer, Mayor of Malvern, lead over 110 people taking part in The Blindfold Mile. The fundraising event aimed to increase awareness of the challenges that blind and partially sighted people overcome each day.
Thank you for raising as much sponsorship as possible to support our work helping blind and partially sighted people to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
You can pay in your sponsorship at: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/blindfoldmilemalvern
or you can send a cheque payable to “Sight Concern Worcestershire” FAO Fiona Blake, Bradbury Centre, 2 Sansome Walk, Worcestershire, WR1 1LH.
Sponsor form can be found here–2018 Sight Concern Sponsor Form LOW RES
First staged last year in Worcester City Centre, Walk the Blindfold Mile challenged people to go out for a mile along a designated route with a number of challenges related to everyday tasks, walking in pairs – one blindfolded, one sighted – with the chance to swap over en route. The walk started and ended at Malvern Cube, taking in the Library, The Priory and Malvern Theatres.
Many of those taking part described it as a very powerful, memorable and attention-grabbing experience!
Cllr Palmer said, “I thought the event was excellent. The weather was lovely and everyone seemed to enjoy the challenge. It really does make you appreciate the courage that sight impaired people have to venture out into a world that they cannot see”
Explaining her own personal reasons for taking part, she added, “I was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration four years ago and I’m gradually losing my sight. Sight Concern is an amazing organisation that helps people come to terms with the effects of sight loss, as well as giving valuable advice and support. I walked the Blindfold Mile so that I could experience some of the challenges that lie ahead”.
Kirsty Litherland from Holland Opticians in Malvern said, “We were proud to take part in the blindfold mile raising lots of money for Sight Concern Worcestershire so they can continue their fantastic work”. She added, “It was a great turnout and a brilliant experience – thanks to everyone who supported and sponsored us – what a fantastic bunch of patients, friends and family we have”.
Thank you to everyone who Walked the Blindfold Mile in Malvern and to our wonderful volunteers, marshals and sponsors for your support and contribution: Balens, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, Lesk Engineers and Malvern Panalytical, Lisa Roberts Photography, Malvern Gazette, Police Cadets, Malvern Library, Malvern Cube, Malvern Theatres and Malvern Town Council!
Sight Concern Worcestershire supports blind and partially sighted people to lead independent and fulfilling lives. In Malvern, we run a LocalEyes Support Group which meets twice a month, offering information and advice, guest speakers and social activities. There’s also a Malvern Branch of the charity meeting on alternate weeks of the month. For details, get in touch with Malvern Advice & Support Officer, Jenny Douglas on 07722 630 217 or (01905) 723 245.