Sheffield student plans blindfold trek

Medicine student Stephen Lau, who is walking 10km in the Peak District, blindfolded, for charity.

Medicine student Stephen Lau, who is walking 10km in the Peak District, blindfolded, for charity.

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A student Sheffield doctor is tackle a blindfold trek in the Peak District in aid of an eye hospital where he volunteered in Nepal.

Stephen Lau, a fourth -year medicine student at Sheffield University, was so moved by his experience in Kathmandu he decided to support it with the challenging charity venture.

Medicine student Stephen Lau, who is walking 10K in the Peak District, blindfolded, for charity. He is pictured here wearing a blindfold which has been hand made for him by a volunteer at the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind.
Medicine student Stephen Lau, who is walking 10K in the Peak District, blindfolded, for charity. He is pictured here wearing a blindfold which has been hand made for him by a volunteer at the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind.

The 22-year-old, of Broomhill, will spend the entire day on Saturday, May 17, blindfolded. He will walk about 10km in the Peak District with a set of guides leading him across the terrain.

Stephen said: “It all started when I went to Nepal for six weeks to spend time at an eye hospital in Kathmandu.

“I was moved by the experience, witnessing the innovative work they were doing.

“I had the fortune of going with them on one of their ‘remote eye camps’, which involved setting up operating theatres in empty buildings including small community ‘hospitals’ and schools in remote areas. I wanted to give something back so decided to raise money for the Himalayan Cataract Project.”

Canadian Stephen hopes his experience blindfolded will help develop a deeper understanding of what it is like to be blind.

He has chosen the Peak District as it is the closest he can get to Nepalese terrain.

n To sponsor Stephen, visit www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Lau2

 

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