Blindfolded walk aims to make key issue clearer

Todmorden Lions holding a 'blind walk' to raise awareness on World Sight Day
Todmorden Lions holding a 'blind walk' to raise awareness on World Sight Day

SEVERAL people took part in a blindfolded walk around Todmorden town centre to promote National Sight Day.

Volunteers made a sightless tour of the area, led by a guide, to find out how difficult a journey it is for anyone who has lost their sight.

Among those who took part was Mayor of Todmorden Coun Abid Hussain, who led his blindfolded consort Joe Rez around the route.

Rod Wainwright, from event organisers Todmorden Lions, said: “We had several people walking blindfolded around the town centre, including the market.

“We distributed leaflets to the public about the importance of having regular eye checks, even if you think you can see perfectly well.”

A major aim of Lions Clubs International is to tackle conditions which have led to millions of people around the world losing their sight.

Lions hope that the walk around Todmorden town centre will encourage people who would not normally think of going for an eye test to make an appointment at the opticians to have their sight checked.