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Councillor’s mission to raise money for visually impaired

Posted onPosted on 28th Sep

The chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council is continuing his work to gather support and donations for My Sight Notts.

Newark councillor Stuart Wallace is supporting the charity during his year in office.

As part of National Eye Health Week, Coun Wallace learned more about the charity and how it helps the local community.

To raise awareness of the importance of eyesight tests and to help raise funds for the charity, he volunteered to wear a pair of simulation glasses, which replicate sight loss caused by Macular Degeneration.

Coun Wallace said: “I chose to support My Sight Notts during my time as chairman because the charity offers fantastic support to blind and partially sighted people.

“It must be truly devastating for a person to lose their sight. The support that My Sight Notts offers, such as assistive technology, goes directly to the people in Nottinghamshire who need it the most, so you know that your money is going to help someone in your own community.

“People with visual impairments have been impacted by Covid-19, leaving some people more isolated than ever.

“Having a visual impairment stops people from being able to socially distance properly, and even those with guide dogs have struggled, as the dogs have not been trained to keep a social distance.”

Michael Conroy, chief executive at My Sight Notts, welcomed the support from Coun Wallace.

“Visually impaired people are amongst the most socially isolated in our communities and the pandemic has made the situation worse because many people with sight loss struggle to maintain social distancing as they cannot see others around them and are afraid to go out alone,” he said.

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