June 19 2013 Latest news:
Monday, July 30, 2012
MP Norman Lamb discovered the challenges faced by people with sight loss at first hand when he did a blindfolk walk around North Walsham.
He was led by Holly, a guide dog in training, and accompanied by Pete Smith, Fiona Wright, Alison Rampling and Helen Sismore from the Guide Dogs charity.
Mr Lamb also met Liz Ebbage and Marcus Rawling, who are guide dog owners living in the area to talk about some of the specific issues they face going out and about in North Norfolk.
Blind and partially sighted people face obstacles and challenges blind and every day as they go out and about in our town centres. The hazards they face often include tables and chairs on pavements outside cafes, badly designed pedestrian crossings and poorly parked cars that block the pavement.
Mr Smith said: “We’re extremely grateful to Norman Lamb for taking part in this event and we hope he found the experience useful in understanding how difficult it can be to get around if you are visually impaired.”
Mr Lamb said: “I was pretty apprehensive about this beforehand. But my guide dog was fantastic, and in the end I felt utterly safe. Guide Dogs do some really fantastic work.”