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Broadgate school pupils learn about sight loss thanks to charity Galloway’s

Posted on - 13th November, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Charities, Health, Preston News, Schools
James Coulton and Stuart Walpole from Galloway’s deliver visual awareness training at St Stephen’s C of E Primary School
James Coulton and Stuart Walpole from Galloway’s deliver visual awareness training at St Stephen’s C of E Primary School

Youngsters at a Broadgate school were given a lesson in looking after their eyes and keeping their classrooms tidy during a visual awareness session.

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The pupils at St Stephen’s C of E Primary School were visited prior to lockdown 2 by Stuart Walpole and James Coulton from sight loss charity Galloway’s, who talked to them about what it means to lose your vision.

The pupils saw a variety of equipment used by people with sight loss to make their lives more independent, and learnt about Braille.

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Teacher Emma Booth said: “We selected Galloway’s as our class charity, as we discussed the importance of keeping the classroom tidy to enable everyone to move around safely.

“We talked about previous class charities we have raised money for over the years and the children decided they wanted to help people with sight loss.

“Two staff members from Galloway’s visited us for a socially distanced talk, where children learnt about the importance of looking after their eyes.

“The children enjoyed learning about the gadgets people with sight loss use. They saw them in action and were thrilled to receive their own pair of sunglasses.

“We will continue as a class to raise awareness of Galloway’s, as it is a fantastic charity that helps people within our school.”

Pupils took home collection boxes to donate small change. A final total will be calculated by the end of the Christmas term.

St Stephen's Year One and Two pupils with their collection boxes
St Stephen’s Year One and Two pupils with their collection boxes

Stuart Walpole, Community Sight Loss Advisor at Galloway’s, said: “Whenever restrictions allow, we are always happy to visit schools and other community organisations to discuss the work we do and raise awareness of the importance of good eye health.

“We really appreciate the school’s support and look forward to hearing about their amazing fundraising efforts.”

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