Chance to walk in brave blindness sufferer’s shoes

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WHAT would it be like to walk a mile as someone who has lost most of her vision?

That is the idea behind an awareness event organised by a Polegate woman centreing on Eastbourne 20-year-old Chloe Laslett, who has lost most of her sight to Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy.

Walk A Mile In My Shoes will see teams of two, one wearing sunglasses adapted to restrict vision and being led by the other, walk from Eastbourne Pier to Wish Tower and back on Saturday September 22.

Organiser Jayne Bigsby, of Hailsham Road, said: “We have all said no one knows what it’s like until you walk a mile in someone’s shoes, now you can on September 22 in Eastbourne.

“I hope that people will be able to get a better understanding of what is must be like to be visually impaired by taking part.

“I also hope passers by stop and wonder what we are doing and to ask questions.

“We will have a stand that can supply information as we have prepared hand outs for people to take away.

“We also hope to attract the help of other local agencies that provide practical help for people affected by types of blindness.

“We will have a fundraising stall on the day to raise funds for Newcastle University Hospital.”

Jayne said her daughter is 13 and was born with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, which has left her with mono vision and a few other anomalies.

“Blindness or visual impairement effects all ages and people from all walks of life which is why I got involved,” she said.

“We had a great deal of support from LOOK, who help parents of visually impaired children and we also got help from Blatchington Trust.

“There are some great people already out there but individually families actively seek cures, help and support for their mums, dads, brothers, sisters and, of course, children.”

Those who want to join the walk have to register before Saturday September 15 by contacting Jayne at jaynebigsby6@msn.com or call her on 07761612132.

For more information about how to give more support to brave Chloe Laslett, go to: www.chloesfightforsight.co.uk or visit t: www.justgiving.com/chloesfightforsight