Preparing jam sandwiches for World Sight Day

TO CELEBRATE World Sight Day an event hosted by two local charities had people making jam sandwiches blindfolded to demonstrate the difficulties of everyday tasks for blind or partially sighted people.

Sight Awareness Day
Sight Awareness Day

Adur East Lions and 4SIGHT aimed to raise awareness through different activities and continue fundraising with cake stalls and other items for sale.

Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham opened the proceedings by being the first to attempt to make a jam sandwich blindfolded.

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Mike Mendoza, chairman of Adur District Council, and other members of the public also tried this, with varying degrees of success, during the morning.

The Lions support a number of organisations that either try to prevent blindness or support those who are blind or partially sighted.

Projects across the UK include providing funding to Moorfields Hospital and collecting used spectacles from opticians with the money raised being given back to sight charities.

During the event last Saturday, visitors had the chance to buy cakes, plants, bric-à-brac, Christmas gifts, tea and coffee.

They could also try on simulation spectacles to get a better idea of what vision people with some sight conditions have and meet representatives from both organisations to get a better understanding of their work.

People were also able to meet a guide dog for the blind and its owner.

4SIGHT (West Sussex Association for the Blind) provides services for blind and visually impaired people, their carers and supporters across the county.

They work where health and social services do not always reach, aiming to combat social isolation, encourage confidence and independence when at home.

All the profit made from the event on Saturday will be donated to 4SIGHT.

Contact Adur East Lions on 08458337356 to find out about Christmas fundraising.