Simon blindly leads way in Lowestoft charity challenge

A Lowestoft man has raised at least �6,000 for guide dogs after he walked 10 miles along the town's seafront in a blindfold.

Simon Waters could be seen on Saturday making his way up and down Lowestoft's coast in the total dark in support of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The 41-year-old from Mylodon Road was led along the seafront by his own human guide dog - his 15-year-old son Joshua.

Joshua would be heard giving directions such as 'Step to the left, step to the right' so his father avoided bumping into people enjoying a seafront promenade.

Mr Waters did his blindfold walk because of his work at Lowestoft's Beacon Bingo Club, where he made friends with John Rix who is blind and has a guide dog.

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Mr Rix and his guide dog Jacob joined Mr Waters and his family and friends on the last legs of his walk, which has left a lasting impression on the bingo worker.

Mr Waters said: 'I had the luxury of a person being able to give me instructions verbally, but a blind person does not have that luxury.

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'They just have to 100pc trust in their amazing dogs who guide their owners around hazards and obstructions on a daily basis.'

Once Mr Waters has received all his sponsorship money it will be used to get a guide dog, which will either be called William or Kate after a naming competition was held at the Beacon Bingo Club.

Donations can still be made to Mr Waters until August 31 by calling him on 01502 567383.

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