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Concerns over cuts to services for partially sighted people

There are fears over cuts in support services for blind and partially sighted people. One charity believes it could strip them of their independence.

The Royal National Institute for Blind People says more than half of people with sight problems in our region have lost their council-funded support since 2005.

Now they're warning that the support could run out altogether if the trend continues - leaving blind people isolated in their own homes. Here's Michael Billington.


Guide dogs on show in Leeds

Members of the public are being invited to put on a blindfold and negotiate obstacles either using a guide dog or a new hi-tech electronic UltraCane, at the Age UK cafe in Leeds today. It's part of Guide Dog Week.

Around twelve blind and visually impaired people and thirty sighted guides will demonstrate the types of mobility support and training available and highlight access issues facing blind people to local businesses.

Fingers crossed for York Young Achiever

23-year-old Kelly Cronin from York a has guide dog called Holly and has been nominated for young person's achievement award. Kelly has never let anything stop her living life to the full. When she was a young girl, a congenital eye condition left her almost totally blind.

But for as long as she can remember, she was determined her sight loss would not stand in her way. She has travelled with her guide dog around Australia, visiting Ayres Rock and the Great Barrier Reef and even working on a cattle station.

She is now studying to become a barrister and is also the youngest volunteer ever to become the chair of a Guide Dogs fund raising branch. The awards ceremony takes place at Merchant Taylors' Hall this evening. Good luck to her!