PEOPLE are being given the chance to walk a mile as a blind person along Eastbourne seafront.
The event, which has been organised by Polegate resident Jayne Bigsby, is to raise awareness.
It centres around a young Eastbourne woman called Chloe Laslett, who lost her sight last year to a rare condition called Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy.
Chloe, 20, who lives with her family in Hampden Park, lost nearly all her sight over a short period of time but has been inspirational by completing her college course and continuing to live life to the full. Chloe was awarded an Eastbourne Herald Achievers Award earlier this year and now local people are being given the chance to find out how it feels to walk without sight.
Walk A Mile In My Shoes will see teams of two, one wearing sunglasses adapted to restrict vision and being led by the other, walk from Eastbourne Pier to Wish Tower and back on Saturday September 22.
Jayne Bigsby, of Hailsham Road, said, “We have all said no one knows what it’s like until you walk a mile in someone’s shoes, now you can on September 22 in Eastbourne.
“I hope that people will be able to get a better understanding of what is must be like to be visually impaired by taking part.
“I also hope passers by stop and wonder what we are doing and to ask questions.
“We will have a stand that can supply information as we have prepared hand outs for people to take away.
“We also hope to attract the help of other local agencies that provide practical help for people affected by types of blindness.
“We will have a fundraising stall on the day to raise funds for Newcastle University Hospital.”
Jayne said her daughter is 13 and was born with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, which has left her with mono vision and a few other anomalies.
“Blindness or visual impairment effects all ages and people from all walks of life which is why I got involved,” she said.
“We had a great deal of support from LOOK, who help parents of visually impaired children and we also got help from Blatchington Trust.
“There are some great people already out there but individually families actively seek cures, help and support for their mums, dads, brothers, sisters and, of course, children.”
Those who want to join the walk, which will take place from the pier at 11am, must register before Saturday September 15 by contacting Jayne at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07761612132.
For more information about how to give more support to brave Chloe Laslett go to www.chloesfightforsight.co.uk or visit www.justgiving.com/chloesfightforsight to donate.
Herald reporter Juliet Mead is taking part in the walk and will share her experiences after the event.