The Mayor of Southend joined Southend Lions and Southend in Sight to mark World Sight Day on Thursday 11 October.
The Mayor, Councillor Derek Jarvis and his wife joined members of Southend Lions and Southend in Sight, Southend’s local, independent sight loss charity based in Hamlet Court Road, to marked World Sight Day. They walked from Gills Opticians in the Victoria Shopping Centre to Sainsburys where they collected money to continue the work of the charity in supporting people in the borough living with visual impairment. The Mayor and Mrs Jarvis wore blindfolds so they could not see and thus experienced what it is like to have sight loss. They were guided on the walk by Southend Lions and Southend in Sight volunteers and staff.

The Mayor said ‘On World Sight Day, the Mayoress and I experienced first-hand the immense shock that is felt by those who lose their sight and the challenges they face in rebuilding their lives. Our blindfolded walk from the Victoria Shopping Centre to Sainsbury’s and making and paying for some purchases was only made possible with the close and comforting support of Lions Member Nigel Folkard and Southend in Sight Chief Executive Lucy Martin and the young lady who escorted us around the store.

This experience has made us both appreciate the services and social activities provided by Southend in Sight and has reinforced our decision to make it our principal Charity for my Mayoral Year”

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