LETTER: Blind people need extra help at Christmas

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With the festive season upon us, Action for Blind People is urging local people to spare a thought for residents with sight loss.

Some blind and partially-sighted people find it difficult to get out and about on their own, particularly in crowded places, when it’s frosty and hazardous under foot, and when there’s less daylight and shorter days. They can’t see the obstacles and dangers ahead of them.

To show some extra Christmas spirit, you can:

Contact visually-impaired neighbours to make sure they’re okay;

Offer to help them get out and about – perhaps drive them into town or help them to use public transport;

lBe their sighted guide – walk with them around shops and help search for presents and other festive goodies;

Guide them around icy and slippery surfaces if it is frosty or snowing;

Offer to post their Christmas cards and presents.

Your help could be a real lifeline, and a welcome Christmas gift for your blind or partially-sighted neighbour. For more information visit www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk.

MIKE THORNICROFT

ACTION FOR BLIND PEOPLE