The Bridport Lions Sight Awareness Day in Bucky Doo Square was a huge success and we were able to draw attention to the need for regular eye tests, appreciate the good work done by Dogs for the Blind and the Dorset Blind Association and also publicise our recycling spectacles campaign.
The Mayoress has now booked a long overdue sight test after learning from Trudi Loud of I J Brown Opticians how important it is to have our sight tested regularly. Both the mayor and mayoress visited Browns Opticians in Bridport and were given an interesting and very informative talk on the different ways in which people's sight can deteriorate and how early diagnosis through eye testing can be extremely beneficial. They spent the rest of the morning experiencing the everyday difficulties that face people with limited or no sight at all. The couple took turns to be led blindfolded through Bridport with a Guide Dog and a mobility instructor. After finding out what services the library offers and visiting Scrivens Opticians and Frosts to hand out collecting bins for old spectacles for recycling they then ordered and drank coffee at Jaxsons Deli, again blindfolded. At Specsavers the staff organised a fundraising morning and the Lions were presented with a cheque for £100.
Many thanks go to the following people for their help and support: I J Brown opticians; Jaxsons Deli; Guide Dogs for the Blind; Dorset Blind Association; Bridport Town Library; Specsavers; Frosts; Scrivens opticians, Jane Silver – the Town Crier and last but certainly not least the Bridport Mayor and Mayoress for willingly participating in all the events with or without a blindfold!