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Walk The Blindfold Mile – Malvern
WALK THE BLINDFOLD MILE
Saturday 21st April 2018, 10am-12pm, Malvern
Imagine going about your world with sight loss. Take part in Sight Concern’s challenge to go out blindfolded for a mile to experience some of the challenges that blind and partially sighted people overcome each day.
WALK IN PAIRS with colleagues, family or friends – one blindfolded, one sighted, along a designated route starting and ending at Malvern Cube and including the Library, the Priory, Malvern Theatres and Priory Park, swapping over along the way. There will be a number of challenges en route related to everyday tasks.
Friends, family, work and schools are all invited to take part on Saturday 21st April 2018 (children will need to be supervised). There is a booking fee which includes an event Tshirt.
ONLINE TICKETS AT: www.malverncube.com/tickets
Please raise as much sponsorship as possible to support our work helping blind and partially sighted people to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
It’s easy to set up an Online Page at: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/blindfoldmilemalvern
or download a Sponsor form here–2018 Sight Concern Sponsor Form LOW RES
The event aims to involve at least 100 people and will help to raise money for local charity Sight Concern, who ran a similar event in Worcester last year. Many of those taking part described it as a very powerful, memorable and attention-grabbing experience!
Andrew Oakley, Training & Development Manager at Sanlam UK took part with his staff team as a team builder. He said “It was a really insightful experience, enabling me to appreciate the day-to-day issues that a visually impaired person faces and an understanding of how important our other senses become, such as hearing & smell. I haven’t stopped telling people about what a memorable experience this was!”
Husband and wife team Mike and Judith Wilson of Diglis, Worcester, both aged 56, raised £180 in sponsorship. Both described themselves as ‘slightly apprehensive’ before the walk began. Mr Wilson said: “My wife isn’t very good with left and right so if you don’t see me again you know whose fault it is.”
Elizabeth Baio, vice-chairman of the trustees of the charity, has had no sight after developing Retinitis Pigmentosa at a young age, said: “I think this is absolutely amazing. I never thought so many people would come. It’s fantastic and a very hard thing to do. I think the charity makes a huge difference otherwise people think they’re the only one, that they’re isolated. It’s easy to to think you can’t do anything. Most people aren’t born with sight loss. Most people lose it. Whatever stage you lose it, you lose your confidence. You can get some of that back even if the sight doesn’t come back.”
Ryan Hughes, aged 19, of Bransford, near Worcester completed the walk with 24-year-old Ina Koski of Worcester. Both work at ISO Quality Services. He said: “It was a really difficult challenge, having your sight and then having it taken away. It’s very difficult to adapt to that situation.”
The event will be hosted by our President Lady Morrison, Chair of Trustees Jon Parsons and Chief Officer Jenny Gage.
The Mayor of Malvern, Cllr. Cynthia Palmer; Cllr. Chris O’Donnell, Chairman of Malvern Hills District Council have confirmed their participation and it is in the diary of MP Harriet Baldwin.
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.
Any questions on the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Fiona on (01905) 332902.