Darlington MP experiences challenges faced by people with sight loss
Jenny Chapman MP took part in a blindfold walk and bus journey around Darlington today with local blind resident and RNIB and Guide Dogs volunteer Adele Waterfall-Brown.
She wore the blindfold as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the difficulties people with sight loss face on a daily basis, particularly when making journeys by foot or using public transport.
Jenny and Adele were joined by Lucy Dixon, RNIB Regional Campaigns Officer for the North East, and Linda Oliver, Guide Dogs Engagement Officer for North East and Cumbria.
Adele said: "Blind and partially sighted people are being let down by the social care system. Our needs are often not identified due to inadequate assessments. We want to ensure that services are available from local authorities to help people who have lost their sight to live independently."
During the bus trip Jenny discussed, and experienced, some of the problems faced by blind and partially sighted passengers.
Jenny said: " I am grateful that Adele has asked me to take part in this walk because I want to experience for myself the problems encountered on a daily basis by my constituents who are blind or partially sighted.
“I want to help ensure that people with sight loss are able to live as independently as possible."
Call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit the RNIB website .