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Guide Dogs

9th October 2016

Have you ever wondered what it would really be like if you were partially sighted, or even completely blind?   There are over 4,950 guide dog owners in the UK. If you are blind or partially sighted, a guide dog could change your life.

Guide Dog

Guide Dogs the charity, provides services to enable children and adults who are blind or partially sighted to get out on their own terms using their chosen mobility aid and on Friday I joined them and the Lions Club of King’s Lynn to raise awareness of their charity, the work they do and raise some more money whilst experiencing sight loss for myself.

You may have seen me outside Boots wearing what looked like a pair of trendy dark shades and trying to look cool, well if that’s the case you couldn’t have been more wrong!   The glasses were designed to replicate tunnel vision, I had to wear them whilst doing a lap around the Vancouver Quarter for which at first I needed a guide but as my confidence grew I felt able to walk unaided.   The only way to describe my vison wearing these would be to say it was like looking through a pin prick sized hole, I had to scan left to right up and down constantly to make sure I was aware of my surroundings, it felt like watching an Imax movie having to parade my eyes all over to see what was in front of me.  The problem with this is when you’re close to someone you can’t see them, as they either completely fill your field of vison or even worse make everything dark as they block the light.

Guide Dog

I also did some of the walk blindfolded, this again was an experience like I’ve never really felt before.  Whilst walking up the High Street I had to say where I was despite not having any sight whatsoever, amazingly I was pretty much right every time, not because I’ve walked those steps hundreds of times but because my sense of smell and hearing went into overtime.  The smell of coffee was quite immense from Starbucks and the perfume of the Body Shop was quite over powering.  Using the smells and sounds around me made me feel confident that I was in the right place, however without my guide, acting as guide dog, I would of course have felt very lost and vulnerable, which is why funding for guide dogs is so very important.

 Have you ever wondered what it would really be like if you were partially sighted, or even completely blind?   There are over 4,950 guide dog owners in the UK. If you are blind or partially sighted, a guide dog could change your life.

For more information and to help this amazing cause please visit their website here.

 

 

 

Posted by Simon Rowe at 10:34am

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