Mayor walks blindfold for Sight First awareness day
Swaffham's mayor, Judy Anscombe, has walked around the town blindfold to experience life as a person with visual impairment.
Her walk took place on Swaffham Lions' annual Sight First awareness day in the Market Place supported by Vision Norfolk.
Lions International has a major focus on vision and support eye hospitals around the world as well as giving grants for eye related disease and Swaffham Lions have worked with the Guide Dogs charity over the years raising their profile as well as fund raising.
Swaffham Lions have collected over 100,000 spectacles over the years which have been sent to developing countries.
As part of the day, the mayor volunteered to walk around the town blindfold with Diane Stewart from Vision Norfolk acting as a guide.
Following the walk Cllr Anscombe wrote to the Lions with her thoughts.
She said: "Thank you to the Swaffham Lions who invited me to take part in this morning’s Guide Dogs Event. It was a very thought-provoking experience.
"My walk gave me a first-hand experience of three different eye conditions and demonstrated how daily life can be affected by the challenges they bring.
"My guide, Diane from Vision Norfolk, took me around the Market Place and the obstacles as they presented themselves, such as A boards and inconsiderately parked vehicles.Then wearing a blindfold, we visited the indoor market where one’s hearing and smell comes to the forefront within the buzz of activity.
"For a short time, it was an illustration of the difficulties experienced by the visually impaired in the community."