Open your eyes with a blindfold walk

Nathan Foy – Guide Dogs Engagement Officer

A BLINDFOLD walk will prove real eye-opener for Alyn & Deeside MP Mark Tami this Friday (October 20).

The event, in Connah’s Quay, is being organised by Guide Dogs Cymru to highlight the problems facing blind and visually impaired people as they go about their daily routine.

Starting at noon outside his office at 70 High Street, the MP will put on a blindfold and attempt to walk through the town using a long cane. He will experience at first hand the difficulties posed by seemingly innocuous objects such as advertising boards, benches and planters.

Mark Tami said; “I have long supported the Guide Dogs Charity and I have been pushing for them to come up to Alyn and Deeside for some time now. I’m glad this is happening and I hope it raises some valuable awareness to what is such a worthwhile cause. Guide Dogs do some fantastic work for the visually impaired and I am grateful for Nathan and the team for coming to Flintshire so I can get a first-hand experience of the difficulties that these individuals face on a day to day basis.” 

Nathan Foy, Engagement Officer for Guide Dogs Cymru, said: “Everyone has the right to move freely along the street. Unfortunately, there are still many barriers that make this difficult for people who are blind or partially sighted all over Wales. I rely on my guide dog, Mason, to help me avoid them.”

Mr Tami and the Guide Dogs team would like to welcome constituents to come down, especially anybody who is visually impaired or knows somebody who is.  

When: Friday, October 20, 12pm-1pm

Where: 70 High Street, Connah’s Quay CH5 4DD