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Sandy Martin's blindfold walk around Ipswich town centre

Published10th August 2018

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.

Watch the video here. 

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