Walk a Mile in My Shoes Event a big success!

Our blindfolded walk around a Hertfordshire Charity’s grounds has raised over £1100 to help people living with Visual Impairment across the County as around 150 people voluntarily put on blindfolds to give up their sight for the sensory walk. We would like to say a big thanks to everyone who came along to support the event. The sun shone for us and we all had a great time, people enjoyed the challenge of the guided walk with many participants commenting on how being without sight, if only temporarily, made them feel, and how unexpectedly challenging it was.

Volunteers and staff after the event

Volunteers and staff after the event

Of the other activities on offer, the Braille writing was very popular and many people had their first go at riding a tandem. Our partner stalls were busy as were the picnic benches. We  couldn’t have done it without the support of our volunteers, thanks go to all of them, they did a great job.

Most of all a huge thanks to everyone who donated to take part, and those who sponsored walkers, there were some very generous donations from walkers and sponsors alike.

Chief Executive Joanna Carter said: “It was so good to see so many people on the day. Their support means we are able to help fund projects like our employment programme, and CycleEyes – the charity’s upcoming tandem cycling initiative to improve the health and physical well-being of our Clients”.

Mayor walks the course with her guide

Our Lindsey leading blindfolded Mayor Lynne Sparks around the course

Jo added: “It’s one thing being told what sight loss is like but it is something completely different to surrender your vision, and experience first-hand the challenge that visually impaired people face on a daily basis”

Lynne Sparks, Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield told our event organiser Siobhan Meade:

“It was a genuine honour to be asked to open this event – and mark the charity’s new name. There were many thoughts going through my head during and after my blindfolded walk, but above all, I think the sense of vulnerability I felt it really hit home. I am really pleased to support a charity that works so hard to help people in Hertfordshire who are living with vision loss.”

Mayor and Siobhan Meade

Mayor and Siobhan our event organiser

Please visit our website at hertsvisionloss.org.uk for more information about vision loss and our services.

Funds raised from this event will help Herts Vision Loss  continue to deliver our services such as support groups, home visits, befriending, and our Ears for Eyes counselling service, advocacy and advising on everyday living equipment such as magnifiers, talking watches and more. All these services encourage independence and support for those in Hertfordshire with a visual impairment. Our services are free to everyone, as an independent local charity we rely on generous donations to fund our work.  Through this event we hope to raise vital funds to continue supporting Hertfordshire residents with a visual impairment. The Walk a Mile in My Shoes event hopes to raise awareness of vision loss, as well as raise much needed funds for our charity.

The Mayor and John Warner Smith, our chairman, address the walkers.

 

Picture of tandem riding

Will and Carol on the tandem.

If you couldn’t attend you can still easily donate £5 to our charity, text HVLD17£5 to 70070, see the image below: