Partially sighted need your support

WITH the festive season upon us, Action for Blind People is urging local people to spare a thought for residents with sight loss.

Some blind and partially sighted people find it difficult to get out and about on their own; particularly in crowded places, when it’s frosty and hazardous under foot, and when there’s less daylight and shorter days.

They can’t see the obstacles and dangers ahead of them.

We are encouraging anyone who has a blind or partially sighted neighbour to help make sure everyone has a festive holiday season.

To show some extra Christmas spirit, you can:

Contact visually impaired neighbours to make sure they’re okay.

Offer to help them get out and about – perhaps driving them into town or helping them use public transport.

Be their sighted guide – walking with them around shops and helping them search for presents and other festive goodies.

Guide them around icy and slippery surfaces if it’s frosty or snowing.

Offer to post their Christmas cards and presents.

Living with sight loss can make crowds, winter weather and other hazards barriers to enjoying the festivities, so many will appreciate a helping hand.

Your help could be a real lifeline, and a welcome Christmas gift for your blind or partially sighted neighbour.

For information visit www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk

ELIZABETH PERCY

Head of North East Region

Action for Blind People