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Blind Candidate Supports Awareness Raising Initiative

Embargoed 00.01 Wednesday 26 March 2014

Sutton and Cheam candidate, Emily Brothers – the first blind woman to stand for Parliament – has welcomed an awareness raising initiative held in Sutton town centre today. Ms Brothers was amongst visitors at Action for Blind People’s mobile unit in the High Street, enabling local people to learn more about eye health and services. Ms Brothers said:
“I know from personal experience how important it is for people with the onset of sight loss to get good advice, information and support.
“The work undertaken by Action for Blind People and Sutton Vision is vital, especially as it is so difficult to get accessible information when you experience sight loss.
“Eye Clinic Liaison Officers are central to good integrated care and I trust this facility will be retained when ophthalmological services transfer from Sutton General to ST Helier later this year.”
Emily Brothers was severely partially sighted as a child, gradually losing her vision through her teenage years. She explained:
“I had a lot of support around me and was able to develop new skills whilst growing up, but most people experience sight loss in later life when it is not so easy to adapt.
“I learnt to be independent, for example reading Braille and using a white cane to get around, yet sight loss is still a daily challenge with all my years of experience.
“If you can’t see to navigate through the ever increasing amounts of information, it is very important to have somebody to guide you in the right direction for practical and emotional support – that’s why the Action Team and Sutton Vision are so valuable to local people.”

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