Hartlepool walk tackled social isolation among blind people

Hartlepool Blind Welfare Association members at the end of their walk along the prom at Seaton Carew.  Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool Blind Welfare Association members at the end of their walk along the prom at Seaton Carew. Picture by FRANK REID

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Blind and visually-impaired people raised cash for a Hartlepool support group during a sponsored walk.

Around 25 members of Hartlepool Blind Welfare Association and members of staff completed the walk along the promenade at Seaton Carew.

They raised over £600 in the process for the organisation which helps to tackle social isolation of people in Hartlepool with sight problems.

Barbara McLeod, manager of Hartlepool Blind Welfare Association, said: “It was a wonderful day and the members really enjoyed it.

“It was not necessarily about raising money, it was more the social aspect. A lot of members deal with isolation.

“They want to get out of the house and get some exercise, but it is not always available to them so events like this and the work we do are really important.

“We support our members heavily and a lot of it is about bringing the community together and making sure individuals are supported.”

Members tucked into fish and chips at the Almighty Cod and following the day’s success another is planned in Ward Jackson Park in August.

The charity, based in Avenue Road, Hartlepool, is also raising money for a new IT suite to be able to give members one to one training with the latest computer technology.

The association is appealing to any potential sponsors in the Hartlepool business community to contact them.

An annual coffee morning takes place in Avenue Road on Saturday, July 11 from 10am onwards.

Call the charity on (01429) 272494.