RNIB's "Who Put That There" campaign received a boost this week when Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Mid Dorset and North Poole, Vikki Slade, took part in a blindfold walk.
Vikki took a walk around Broadstone, Poole to get first-hand experience of living with sight loss and using a guide cane to navigate cluttered streets.
Vikki said: "I was amazed at how difficult things were, even in an area that I know well. The walk really emphasised how much street clutter and parked cars can impact on the ability of blind and partially sighted people to get about independently."
“The experience also left me feeling very isolated and I was shocked at how many people said that they had seen me on the walk but had not spoken to me. The majority of people with sight loss do have some vision, but for with conditions like Macular Degeneration, the added loss of human contact is a serious concern for their wellbeing.”
RNIB's Regional Campaigns Officer for the South West, Mike Bell, said: "We're grateful to Vikki for taking part in the walk. Every day, blind and partially sighted people face real challenges navigating streets that the rest of us take for granted.
"Our report 'Who Put That There' highlights some of the things that we'd like local councils to consider to make life easier."
You can read the report at: http://www.rnib.org.uk/campaigning/current-campaigns/my-street