Galloways Race Track Driving day for visually impaired people

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Photo 1: Volunteer Tim Pollard takes visually impaired Thomas Sweeney, 15, for a spin in his Caterham

Galloway’s Society for the Blind gave 50 thrill-seeking blind and partially sighted people from Lancashire and Sefton the chance to take to the wheel and drive around a race track recently at Three Sisters Race Circuit, Wigan.

The local charity took over the track for the day and volunteers offered their cars for visually impaired people to drive.

They were put in control of dual control cars and were able to experience the thrill of driving – something that many visually impaired people say they really miss when their sight deteriorates or have never had the chance to experience at all.

Zubeda Adams, another visually impaired person who attended jumped at the chance to drive around the race track.  Zubeda said, “I never thought I’d be able to drive a car again after my sight deteriorated.  It’s like a dream come true driving again today and I’ve had a fantastic time”.  Zubeda also took the chance to ride pillion on a performance motorbike being driven by volunteer, Phil McEntee.  There were also sports cars on the track including a Caterham, an E Type Jaguar and an Austin Healey as volunteer car owners took visually impaired people for a spin at top speeds giving them a thrill to remember.

Activities Coordinator for Galloway’s, Terry Myles said, “Galloway’s aims to provide visually impaired people with opportunities to lead an independent and active life.

It’s great to give people with sight loss the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a car – something many of us take for granted.

Our fantastic volunteers ride with them and of course safety is always our top priority.

We have been running this day for a number of years and many people come back year after year because it is something they cannot experience anywhere else to my knowledge.

The Three Sisters Track is just amazing to host this and all the drivers give their time and, perhaps more importantly, their precious cars and motorbikes for free to help people with no or little sight experience the thrill of speed.”

Galloway’s is a local charity with a centre on Wright Street in Southport and relies on donations and legacies to continue its services for people living with sight loss.

Galloway’s is a registered charity and has to raise £1million this year to maintain its services and relies on donations and legacies from members of the public for the majority of this income.

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