Southport lady appeals for residents to: ‘Walk the Walk’ for Galloway’s.

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Local lady appeals for residents to: ‘Walk the Walk’ for Galloway’s.

Jean Lilley, a local lady who volunteers weekly at the Southport based charity ‘Galloway’s Society for the Blind’ is asking people living in the area to take part in this year’s Galloway’s Morecambe Bay Walk.

Jean has been living with sight loss since the early 90’s but has never let it slow her down. In an interview Jean told us ‘It started with migraines and then one day I woke up and could not see out of one eye. I was at college at the time studying aroma therapy and working all the hours I could around that so I would have the money to set up my own business. When I lost my sight I didn’t know what I was going to do, it really affected my confidence; I had gone from being a very independent person to overnight having to rely on other people. When you are faced with that situation you have to keep going and do the best you can, it was a dark time for me but I was determined not to let it stop me. I suddenly couldn’t drive anymore so had to start getting public transport to college and then later on I used a bike to get around. My family and friends were brilliant, they typed up my college notes for me and with their help I managed to pass my course. I also managed to stay on at work with the aid of a talking computer.

Living with a visual impairment can be extremely challenging but charities like Galloway’s society for the Blind have shown me what support is available and have helped me regain my independence and my confidence, now it is my turn to give something back and help others.

This is my second time doing the Morecambe Bay Walk, it’s a great day out, everyone always has a lot of fun on the walk and I am glad to be doing it for Galloway’s Society for the Blind as they are a local charity meaning they help people living in our community, people who live near us and who we know. 

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

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 living with 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 Jean, 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 and is suitable for families with children over 6 years old.

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

For more information: please call Emma Russ on 01772 744148 or email [email protected]

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