Blindfolded pillion rider Chris raises awareness of sight loss

Accompanied by a guide for safety, Chris, from Altrincham spent June 7 blindfolded as he attempted everyday tasks such as making breakfast and catching a bus. It was all to raise awareness and funding for the Henshaws Society for Blind People.

As part of the day, he rode pillion on a scooter in the fundraising Sausage Run (all participants get a sausage sandwich) from the society’s Resource Centre in Old Trafford to its centre in Knaresborough.

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Before the day , Chris said: “I’d already practised for 30 minutes with a blindfold, and that was bad enough. The feeling of vulnerability, claustrophobia and total dependence upon my Henshaws guide Mark Belcher was unnerving. Imagine knowing that you will never see again.”

Working throughout the north of England, the society provides expert care, advice and training for those affected by sight loss and other disabilities, with centres and communities in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Newcastle and Yorkshire. To learn more or make a donation, visit

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