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Dorset Blind Association run is funds boost
FUNDRAISERS ran blindfolded and joined visually impaired runners in a bid to raise money and awareness.
More than 60 runners turned up at Boscombe Pier to join in five or 10-kilometre runs for the Dorset Blind Association.
Organiser Jaya Da Costa said the idea of some runners being blindfolded came about after one of their members asked people to consider what life is like being blind.
“We’ve got blind and visually impaired people along with those who run competitively,” she said. “We’ve got a member who was blinded five years ago who said he does not want sympathy, but wants people to try and see what it’s like. He said ‘walk a mile in my shoes’, which is what people are doing.
“The blindfolded runners all did very well and we had one sponsored dog called Scarlett running, who raised £300.”
Fundraisers who were willing to be blindfolded were guided along by a partner who remained attached to them by a piece of elastic.
Among those was James Hind, 36, from Poole, running with Alan Groome, 37.
James said: “We thought we would have a go as it’s for such a good cause.”
Also running blindfolded, with pairs often swapping the blindfold half way, were brothers Francis and Louis Jolley, from Parkstone.
Francis, 33, said: “It’s a worthy cause and it’s a bit different, maybe we should’ve practised before though.”
Paul Cripwell, who is blind, also ran with a partner.
He said: “I think this run is a great idea.
“It was great to see so many people involved, not only those who are visually impaired.” Last year £3,750 was raised and a similar figure is hoped for this year.
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