Charity aims to show Sheffield residents what life is like for the blind

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The Blind Veterans UK charity is aiming to shed light what it’s like to be blind by giving Sheffield residents the chance to step into the shoes of a person living with sensory loss.

The military charity’s Sheffield centre of training and rehabilitation will open its doors to the public this weekend to demonstrate what life is often like for blind and vision-impaired ex-service men and women.

Visitors, including the Lord Mayor of Sheffield will be challenged to undertake everyday activities and simple tasks while wearing blindfolds and glasses that simulate the range of eye conditions some veterans live with.

Terry Heaton, Blind Veterans UK Sheffield centre manager, said: “The activities on offer will really give people an insight into what it is like to have a vision-impairment. The important thing to remember is that visitors to the open day can take the glasses off – our veterans can’t.”

The event will offer visitors the opportunity to find out more about training and support given to ex-service men and women and the chance to try out specialist IT equipment and devices.

Terry added:“We hope this open day will help the community to recognise how vital the work we do is in terms of changing veteran’s lives.

The centre, on Fulwood Road, will be open to the public from 1pm on Saturday.