Commissioner and MP take part in blindfold walk in Durham City
Kevan Jones, MP for Durham North, and Ron Hogg, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, took part in a blindfold walk in Durham City Centre.
Local residents and Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) volunteer campaigners Gerry and Anne Taylor asked the MP and PCC to wear the blindfold to raise awareness of the difficulties people with sight loss face on a day-to-day basis, when making journeys by foot or public transport.
Gerry Taylor said: “Blind and partially sighted people face many challenges on a daily basis and one of the biggest is getting out and about safely and independently. Whether it's because there are obstacles blocking the way, poor street design, or problems with using public transport, we are often denied the right to independent and safe travel.
“I am delighted that Kevan and Ron accompanied me on a journey I make regularly and get an understanding of some of the many difficulties I face every day. I hope it will also highlight many aspects of daily life that sighted people take for granted.”
Kevan Jones said: “I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to take part in a blindfold walk. I have spoken to Gerry on a number of occasions about the difficulties faced by blind and partially sighted people in their daily lives. This was an excellent opportunity for myself and Ron to get some first-hand experience of these problems and, hopefully, provoke some further discussion about this very important issue."
Ron Hogg said: “I am grateful that Gerry asked me to take part in this walk as I wanted to experience first-hand some of the problems encountered by people who are blind or partially sighted. I want to play my part in helping people with sight loss live as independently as possible and look at ways of alleviating some of the problems they face in the town centre."
They were accompanied on their walk by Lucy Dixon, RNIB Regional Campaigns Officer.
Posted on Tuesday 7th October 2014