Ipswich MP Sandy Martin took part in a blindfold walk around Ipswich town centre for Take the Lead, a campaign that aims to encourage responsible dog ownership to prevent their pets attacking guide dogs.
Mr Martin was guided around the town centre by Helen Sismore, a community engagement officer from Guide Dogs UK, to raise awareness of the challenges visually impaired individuals face when navigating the streets.
Alice Firbank, Take the Lead co-ordinator, said: “This event was a key part of our campaign, and showed the challenges visually impaired individuals face when navigating around the town centre. It also emphasises how important a guide dog is to its owner, and why it is is so important to help keep them safe. I want to thank Sandy Martin for taking part – we all learned a lot from the blindfold walk!”
The unrehearsed blindfold walk was the latest event for the campaign which moves to Christchurch Park on Sunday for a big Dog Walk.
Take The Lead is being supported by Guide Dogs UK, Suffolk Police, Jollyes – the Pet Superstore, Ipswich Veterinary Centre, Ipswich Central, Suffolk Guide Dog Forum and Mr Martin.
For more information about the Take the Lead campaign, visit www.ipswich.gov.uk/takethelead