In July last year my friend suffered a stroke which left him unconscious for nearly 8 hours. The doctors did everything they could to get him back to normal but one thing that have been left with is permanent damage to his eyes.
From July his eyes have been getting worse and he is loosing vision rapidly. In 9 months (Jul-May) he has lost full vision in his left eye and very little left in his right eye. He was back and forth to hospitals in and around West Sussex and London for them to try and figure out what the medical issue was. Unfortunately there is nothing doctors can do to regain his vision and very soon he will be permanently blind.
He has taken this the best he can and has done everything to try and keep his independence. With only being 22 years old he wants to get as many life experiences as he can and live life to the max . He was registered blind and has had a 6 weeks training course on using his white cane and adaptations within his home to help him in day to day living.
Within the 9 months he had to give up his dream job and relocate from London to Manchester where he will be closer to family for support throughout his sight loss journey and beyond.
The next step within his journey is to be trained and get a Guide Dog so he can be able to maintain his independence so he can get out and about with little supervision instead of being monitored at all times by friends and family. He knows this an important step to progressing with his life and setting new challenges and with the ultimate goal of one day gaining employment again.
After speaking with Guide Dogs UK I have decided to raise money to help with the training of a new dog. To train a dog it costs the charity £56,000 and this is all from donations from amazing people.
Thank you in advance for your reading of my friends story and hopefully a contribution to this cause that means personally so much to me, my friends and his family
More information about The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association: Guide Dogs exists to provide life-changing services to the 360,000 people who are registered blind or partially sighted, and the two million people in the UK living with sight loss. We are best known for our world-famous guide dogs, but our work now encompasses so much more. In recent years, we have expanded our services beyond our dogs to help thousands of people with different needs lead confident, independent and fulfilling lives.