Darlington MP Jenny Chapman walks blindfold through town centre to experience life for the visually impaired

Darlington and Stockton Times: Jenny Chapman MP (centre) perfroms a blind-folded walk in connection with the RNIB.  Also pictured are Adele Waterfall-Brown (left, RNIB volunteer/campaign co-ordinator), Shelly Sherrington (right, guide dog mobility instructor) and guide dog Locky Jenny Chapman MP (centre) perfroms a blind-folded walk in connection with the RNIB. Also pictured are Adele Waterfall-Brown (left, RNIB volunteer/campaign co-ordinator), Shelly Sherrington (right, guide dog mobility instructor) and guide dog Locky

AN MP has donned a blindfold to take a walk around a busy town centre and experience what life is like for visually impaired people in the North-East.

Jenny Chapman, MP for Darlington, joined Adele Waterfall-Brown, an RNIB and Guide Dogs volunteer campaigner, to join her in Darlington town centre and on a bus ride to raise awareness of the difficulties she, and others, deal with each day.

Miss Waterfall-Brown asked Ms Chapman to take part in the experiment to drive home the importance of the care and support that blind and partially-sighted people need to get out and about, as well as in their own homes.

Campaigners for the RNIB are fighting to strengthen the Care and Support Bill currently going through Parliament to ensure people with sight-loss get the help they need to remain independent.

Miss Waterfall-Brown said: "Blind and partially-sighted people are being let down by the social care system. Our needs are often not identified due to inadequate assessments.

“We want to ensure that services are available from local authorities to help people who have lost their sight to live independently."

Lucy Dixon, RNIB regional campaigns officer for the North East, said: “Since 2005, the number of blind and partially-sighted people receiving professional support, such as help from a rehabilitation officer, has fallen by more than 70 per cent in England.

“Unless we do something now, in just ten years' time we could be in the very real position that not a single blind or partially sighted person will receive any support from their council to remain independent.”

Mrs Chapman said: “I am grateful that Adele has asked me to take part in this walk because I want to experience for myself the problems encountered on a daily basis by my constituents who are blind or partially sighted.

“I want to help ensure that people with sight loss are able to live as independently as possible."

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4:42pm Fri 21 Mar 14

gary123 says...

Trip over any loose paving on high row Jenny? you must be able to call the contractors back for a shoddy job.
Trip over any loose paving on high row Jenny? you must be able to call the contractors back for a shoddy job. gary123
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4:44pm Fri 21 Mar 14

laughingboy51 says...

should have took Bill Dixon and the council with her.................
.sorry thought it said mentally impaired!
should have took Bill Dixon and the council with her................. .sorry thought it said mentally impaired! laughingboy51
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6:27pm Fri 21 Mar 14

behonest says...

Jenny Chapman blind to what is going on in Darlington?

Can't the Echo tell us something new?
Jenny Chapman blind to what is going on in Darlington? Can't the Echo tell us something new? behonest
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6:05am Sat 22 Mar 14

grandmab says...

Wonder if RNIB asked council members to take part and if they responded?
Wonder if RNIB asked council members to take part and if they responded? grandmab
  • Score: 2

10:21am Sat 22 Mar 14

jandarlo says...

been a conservative voter most of my life but I like jenny chapman. she is a good MP for darlington. I had to contact her and she was considerate and helped me without prejudice. she has my vote
been a conservative voter most of my life but I like jenny chapman. she is a good MP for darlington. I had to contact her and she was considerate and helped me without prejudice. she has my vote jandarlo
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