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Students' Blindfold Challenge

Posted on: May 9th 2019

Img 6753nhTwo students have experienced blindness for a day to raise funds for Basingstoke’s only blind charity, Helping Hands for the Blind.

Maddee Lancaster and Chelsea Oliver set themselves a challenge to experience just what it is like to be blind and deal with day to day activities and tasks. The students were partnered with a buddy for the duration of the challenge and were sponsored to go about their daily activities, gaining an insight into the challenges facing blind and partially sighted people.

Getting ready for school, eating meals, talking and interacting with friends, moving around school were all considerably more challenging for the girls but their resilient and calm approach ensured the day was a success.

Helping Hands for the Blind is a small local and friendly registered charity established in 2012 for people with sight loss in Basingstoke and the surrounding areas and a 2018 community project award winner.   Talking about the charity, Chairperson David Chatten Smith said “At Helping Hands for the Blind we aim to eliminate social inequalities by providing help, advice and support for the blind, visually impaired, their families and carers.  This can help to maintain their independence and improve the quality of their lives.”

Congratulations to Maddee and Chelsea who have raised £110 for Helping Hands for the Blind.

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