Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, has today undertaken a blindfolded walk to understand the struggle faced by partially sighted and blind constituents, as well as to raise money and awareness for the local Aberystwyth & District Guide Dogs group.
Mark started out at the Aberystwyth Tesco Superstore, before making his way to shop in town, catching the train to Borth, and then making the journey back to Aberystwyth.
Speaking after the walk, Mark said:
“This experience has helped me to reflect and understand the challenges facing blind and partially sighted people in Ceredigion and across the UK.
“Whether it be pavements and their quality or position, assistance with roads and mobility, or indeed anything else, I now have a much greater awareness of the impact these can have on those who are partially sighted or blind. Furthermore I will endeavour to encourage those responsible to include and involve such groups in the planning process.
“I was incredibly pleased to hear that Arriva Trains Wales are doing work in promoting and advancing their assistance scheme for partially sighted or blind travellers, and this will be an important model for other organisations.
“I would like to thank Aberystwyth & District Guide Dogs group, Tesco, No.21 Flowers, Borth Station Museum and Arriva Trains Wales for supporting this event.”