Students’ walk in memory of tireless charity worker

A group of Isle of Man College students take part in a sponsored 'guided walk' in memory of a tireless charity worker to raise money for Manx Blind Welfare Society. Picture: Steve Babb

A group of Isle of Man College students take part in a sponsored 'guided walk' in memory of a tireless charity worker to raise money for Manx Blind Welfare Society. Picture: Steve Babb

0
Have your say

A group of students have completed a guided walk in memory of a tireless charity worker to raise money for the Manx Blind Welfare Society.

Sophie Lord, a second year health and social care student at the Isle of Man College, wanted to celebrate the life of Liz Johnson, whose daughter is on the same course.

Liz, who died in September, was a member of the MBWS executive committee, active volunteer, chief trainer and campaigner for the rights of visually-impaired people in the Isle of Man.

She had been heavily involved in conducting sighted guiding training, which equips people with the knowledge of how to safely escort blind and visually impaired people.

The second year health and social care students were among those to receive the training at Isle of Man College.

The society suggested the students could organise a sponsored guided walk, using the skills Liz taught, from the college to the society’s headquarters at Corrin Court in Onchan.

Acting in pairs, with one person blindfolded and the other providing sighted guiding, all 14 members of the tutor group took part.

MBWS chief executive officer Ian Cooil said: ‘Liz was a much-loved and valued member of the society, lending her experience and skills to support our services to the visually-impaired community in the Isle of Man for many years.

‘It was great to hear that students Liz had helped to train wanted to do something to celebrate her life and raise money for the charity she had dedicated so much time and energy to.

‘On behalf of all the staff, volunteers and members of Manx Blind Welfare Society, I would like to say thank you everyone who took part in the sponsored walk and everyone who donated.’

Liz’s husband Terry added: ‘To see that Liz and the work she did with the society touched the lives of these young people in such a way is wonderful. Raising money for the charity, especially using the skills she helped teach, is a marvellous tribute.’

So far the students have raised more than £130, with more money to be collected and counted.

Back to the top of the page