Insight into the lives of the blind

Diners at Fresh Cafe, St Annes, simulating what it's like for a blind person to be eating and drinking by wearing a blindfolded, organised by N-Vision.'James Butcher and Heather Pascoe.
Diners at Fresh Cafe, St Annes, simulating what it's like for a blind person to be eating and drinking by wearing a blindfolded, organised by N-Vision.'James Butcher and Heather Pascoe.
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Diners discovered what eating out is like for blind people at a charity challenge in St Annes.

The event was organised by N-Vision, a Blackpool-based visual impairment charity, at Fresh Cafe, on St Annes Road West – which has become the first restaurant on the Fylde coast to offer an audio menu service.

Around 25 diners, ranging from those who are completely blind to fully-sighted customers, took part in the Dine in the Dark challenge which saw them blindfolded for the duration of their meal.

The charity’s chief executive officer, Kevin Winkley, said: “It was great fun and the people who turned up enjoyed themselves.

“It was an insight for them and a lot of them were saying they didn’t realise life could be so difficult for blind people, although not one of them made a mess of their table.”

N-Vision is now hoping more cafes and restaurants across the Fylde will take up its offer to introduce audio menus, which it can produce for a small fee.

Mr Winkley added: “It’s just an idea of how we can make life a little bit more bearable for our clients.”

Any restaurant or cafe owners who want to find out more should call (01253) 362692.