Colwall based Dee Jones, herself visually impaired, will be joining Julian Jackson on Sunday 13th May to walk the Worcester stretch of the Big Blind Walk. The walk is being undertaken by Julian, who lost his sight in 2010 due to Retinal Pigmentosa, raising money for eye research and awareness to support the work going on in ocular gene therapy and stem cell treatments.
Julian and his team at Vision Bridge are walking from Lands End to John O’Groats, being joined en route by local supporters. When Dee heard him on the radio she immediately got in touch and is keen to support and raise funds and awareness in her local community.
The physical demands on Dee to walk the twenty miles along the Severn Way will be challenging but, due to her condition (Dee was diagnosed with Rod and Cone Dystrophy 14 years ago) would not be possible without a team to help and guide her.
Chris Mill, Vice President of Colwall Rotary said:
A chance conversation with a fellow Rotarian brought Dee’s venture to our attention – as a Rotary Club active in Colwall we are delighted to help. With our members supporting many local charities including The Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford it was super to hear that Dee was a former student at this world class College. So to support Dee who is so keen to help others making improvements through research was not a difficult decision by the Club. We will be creating a team of volunteers from our Rotary Club to assist as guides and providing a relay for transport along the route.”
The walk starts outside Tewkesbury Abbey at 9am and finishes at around 5pm outside the Holt Fleet Pub, Worcester.
Julian Jackson of Vision Bridge will be appearing on Countryfile on Sunday 29th April.
To sponsor Dee (funds raised will join Julian’s to the National Eye Research Centre) please visit:
To find out more about The Big Blind Walk visit