South Yorkshire fundraisers in fast lane for charity

Catherine Harris and her guide dog Faye, a retriever and Labrador crossbreed
Catherine Harris and her guide dog Faye, a retriever and Labrador crossbreed
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A visually-impaired man from Sheffield has got behind the wheel of a car to help raise money for Guide Dogs.

Mike Harris, of Lowedges, took part in the charity’s fundraiser at Donington Park Race Track, which enables people who are blind or visually impaired to experience driving. Sighted people were also given the chance to drive blindfolded.

Mike attended the event with his wife Catherine and her guide dog, Faye, a retriever and Labrador crossbreed who has been with her for five years.

About 80 people took part and helped to raise more than £11,000.

Mike said: “Every time I come I go a bit faster, and this time I got into third gear and to 60 miles per hour! It was exhilarating to be able to steer the car myself. The instructor gave me a lot of confidence and I think the key is being able to take directions and instructions really well. I could have stayed out on the track all day.

“It really helps boost the charity and although I use a white cane instead of having a guide dog I know from my wife’s experience just how valuable guide dogs are and how much Faye, and Catherine’s previous guide dogs, have boosted her confidence and independence.”