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Why JMW is taking up the challenge of a blindfolded abseil

On Saturday my colleague Rheanne Laybourn and I will be taking up the challenge of a blindfolded abseil in aid of Henshaws Society for Blind People.

For us the phrase ‘don’t look down’ has taken on a whole new meaning as luckily (or unluckily depending on which way you look at it!) this will be a physical impossibility as our eyes will be strictly covered.

You may think us mad for putting ourselves in such a precarious position, after all trying to find your feet on a 60m drop without the use of your eyes is no mean feat.

However we want to get a true feel for how a blind or visually impaired person would cope with such a challenge. With the help of organisations such as Henshaws many people with severely restricted vision take on activities that push the boundaries of their disability so we want to gain insight into how they achieve this.

In addition the specialist medical negligence team at JMW, to which Rheanne and I belong, has helped numerous people who lost their sight due to poor care to challenge the mistakes that were made and secure the compensation they need to be able to cope.

These past and present clients will be at the forefront of our minds when we start our descent and thinking about the challenges they face on a daily basis will no doubt quell any last minute nerves.

It’s all taking place at the Bell Tower at the Trafford Centre at 1pm on Saturday so if you would like to see how we get on feel free to come down and watch! And if you would like to support our efforts you can do so by following the link below to our Just Giving page.

https://www.justgiving.com/JMWBlindfoldedabseil/

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