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Action for blind; LETTERS.

WITH the chill of winter upon us, Action for Blind People is urging local people to spare a thought for residents with sight loss.

Many blind and partially sighted people find it difficult to get out and about on their own, particularly in crowded places, when it's frosty and hazardous under foot, and when there is less daylight and shorter days. They can't see the obstacles and dangers ahead of them.

We are encouraging anyone who has a blind or partially sighted neighbour to help make sure they're not left isolated by the cold weather.

The majority of people with sight loss are elderly and are particularly vulnerable.

You can help by contacting visually impaired neighbours to make sure they're okay, and of-ffering to help them get out and about - perhaps driving them into town or helping them use public transport.

You could be their sighted guide, walking with them around shops or on short journeys, and guiding them around icy and slippery surfaces.

Simply giving them your phone number in case of emergencies is reassuring.

If blind and partially sighted people are struggling to get out because of the winter weather, they might need some neighbourly support. Your help could be a real lifeline. Don't leave blind people in the cold!

CORMAC McCARTHY, Area Operations Manager, West Midlands
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jan 20, 2013
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