City legend Jeremy Goss to take on blindfold challenge for charity
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Norwich City legend Jeremy Goss is urging people to put themselves in the position of those with visual impairment – by taking on a blindfold challenge.
On September 3 Mr Goss, now a fundraiser for the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind, will be taking part in a blindfolded half-marathon walk, and is hoping others will have a go as well.
Guided by fellow NNAB fundraiser Hollie Gooda, Mr Goss will walk from the Pier Hotel in Gorleston, to Corton and back. Mr Goss, 51, said: 'It is very difficult for those of us blessed with good sight to imagine just how challenging it can be do normal, simple things such as walking along the prom when you suffer from sight loss.
'I have done blind walks before –admittedly never this long – and I have found as soon as the blindfold goes on I start to feel disorientated and dizzy, so this will be a very difficult challenge.'
As well as Mr Goss taking part in a walk himself, the charity will have qualified guides on Gorleston beach, who will take visitors on short blindfold walks of their own.
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The mayor of Great Yarmouth will also be in attendance.
'We are challenging members of the public so they can understand the difficulties that blind and partially-sighted people face every day,' Mr Goss added.
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'It is about appreciation for the eye sight we do have but also giving people the chance to understand the challenges people without eye sight face every day, and having that experience will help people do that.'
The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the charity, and with the support of public donations and sponsors, including Barclays Bank in Gorleston, the Pier Hotel, Langley School and Leathes Prior, Mr Goss is hoping to raise around £8,000.
'This is a funraising event, but also about raising awareness,' Mr Goss added.
'The NNAB does such fantastic work for blind people and those with visual impairments, and this will be a great way for people to draw people's attention to this.'
The event begins at the Pier Hotel at 9.30am, with Mr Goss setting off at 10am.
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