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Jack is going the extra miles

Where as many 87 year olds are happily enjoying the relaxing era of retirement, Jack Hudson, a long standing volunteer at Galloway’s Society for the Blind is stepping up his game by signing up to the charities famous Morecambe Bay Walk.

Jack, who is celebrating his 25th year of volunteering with the charity this month, started volunteering for the charity with his visually impaired friend. Sadly, his friend passed away but Jack still continues to devote his time to the charity.

During an interview, Jack commented, “Over the years I have undertaken many roles for the charity, from kitchen staff to odd job man to helping at collections but currently I’m a bingo caller for a group they have on a Wednesday.

Before I volunteered for Galloway’s, I knew very little about the devastating effects sight loss can bring. From my experience with the charity, I have seen how they help people regain their independence and provide people with the support and advice they need.

I haven’t done the Morecambe Bay Walk before but I realise that I am extremely lucky to be in such good health and I want to make the most of it by taking part in the challenging walk and giving the community something back as I raise as much sponsorship as possible.”

The Galloway’s Morecambe Bay Walk takes place on Saturday the 21st June and Sunday 22nd June and there are still places left in this prestigious event.

Emma Russ, Senior Fundraiser at Galloway’s, commented, “As a charity we strive to support local blind and partially sighted people through their sight loss journey, helping them to regain their independence and minimise the effects of reduced vision.  We do this through specialist equipment and advice, talking newspapers, escorted holidays and short trips, outdoor activities and support groups.  To do this, we need to raise £1million this year and the Morecambe Bay Walk goes a long way in helping us achieve this. Without fantastic people in our community like Jack, we simply couldn’t continue our work and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank him for all of his efforts.”

The 9 mile walk is popular event for people up and down the country, starting from the picturesque promenade of Arnside and finishing at Kents Bank.

Registration for the event is open and anybody wanting to register should contact Emma Russ on 01772 744148 or email [email protected]

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