A visually impaired youngster was given VIP treatment aboard the London Eye, after winning a writing competition, organised by the charity Action for Blind People.
Lydia Wrightson, 12, from near Wilberfoss, is a member of Hull Actionnaires, one of the charity’s 23 multi-activity clubs for blind and partially sighted children, supporting them in enjoying full and active lives.
The Woldgate College student won the competition after describing what she likes most about Hull Actionnaires club.
Lydia – and four other winners with their parents – were welcomed aboard their own VIP London Eye capsule. Like the majority of people with sight loss, Lydia has some vision, allowing her to enjoy the stunning views.
She said: “We were so high up, not only could I see Buckingham Palace, I could look over the top of it into the Queen’s garden. It was fun seeing Big Ben, the Shard skyscraper and everything else for miles around.”
The group were also given a tour of Action for Blind People’s Resource Centre at The Royal National Institute of Blind People’s head-office near Kings Cross. They sampled an array of gizmos and gadgets, including vibrating bank note detectors, talking microwaves, and electric magnifiers; all designed to help people with sight loss to live more independently.
James Carey, from Action for Blind People, explains: “Lydia was so excited about this special day. It was both a learning experience, sampling the technology at our Resource Centre, and a deserved treat aboard the London Eye.”
Lydia’s dad, Graham, said: “Lydia is very sports minded, but sometimes doesn’t get the same chances at school. Actionnaires offers her so much. She’s been rock climbing, horse riding, sledging and tenpin bowling. Lydia is getting to do more activities and adventures than many of her sighted friends. Actionnaires has made such a positive difference to her.”
For more information about Action for Blind People’s activities for children and young people, visit the website Actn.it/Children-Club or email James.Carey@actionforblindpeople.org.uk