On behalf of EYECAN we would like to sincerely thank you for taking the time on Sunday 17th June 2018 to participate in our sight impaired walk, in memory of our dear friend Glen Robertson. Glen was such a wonderful man, who took time to work with and advocate for islanders who had various disabilities in addition to sight impairment.
The walk was a great success and a wonderful way of remembering Glen. Furthermore, it encapsulates Glen’s wish for people to have a better understanding of the challenges that sight impaired people encounter on a daily basis. A condition which is very much a hidden disability!
On the day, with your help, we raised the grand total of £2046.60 and much needed awareness!
Some snippets from the media:
Eyecan ‘Walk In My Shoes’ Returns
Today, islanders are ‘walking in the shoes’ of people suffering from sight loss.
EYECAN’s annual seafront walk is taking place this morning.
Participants buddy up, with one person wearing special glasses that simulate the effect of tunnel vision and the other guiding them.
The event aims to raise awareness of sight loss, and how difficult it is for people to live day-to-day with sight loss.
‘Walk in my Shoes’ was founded by Glen Robertson, an islander who had diabetic retinopath and worked with EYECAN before he died in 2016.
Jane Vincent from the Charity reminds us why the event is so important:
“Sight loss can make things as simple as walking along a level pavement or pathway very difficult. The whole thing of the walk is about raising awareness of the conditions, as well as what we do at EYECAN to support people in the island who have these conditions.”