Champion for the blind opens new town group

The launch meeting of Spalding Social Group for Visually-Impaired People at Broad Street Methodist Church, Spalding, with Daryl and Kelly Moore from The English Takeaway, Whaplode, Kevin Day, Debbie Pearson, vice chairman of Lincolnshire Blind Society and Jessica Horn of South Holland District Council.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
The launch meeting of Spalding Social Group for Visually-Impaired People at Broad Street Methodist Church, Spalding, with Daryl and Kelly Moore from The English Takeaway, Whaplode, Kevin Day, Debbie Pearson, vice chairman of Lincolnshire Blind Society and Jessica Horn of South Holland District Council. Photo by Tim Wilson.

An ex-ambulance driver who lost his sight almost four years ago is the driving force behind a group for blind people in Spalding.

About 30 people came to the launch of Spalding 
Social Group for Visually-
Impaired People (VIPs) at Broad Street Methodist Church on Wednesday.

I worked for East of England Ambulance Service for eight or nine years before, at the age of 50, I went blind which was the start of my problems.

Kevin Day

The group has been set up by dad-of-three Kevin Day (54) of Crowland who almost took his own life after going blind in October 2011.

Mr Day said: “I worked for East of England Ambulance Service for eight or nine years before, at the age of 50, I went blind which was the start of my problems.

“When I was at a really low point, I tried to take my own life before I went to a little club for the blind in Market Deeping and that was my lifeline.

“Unfortunately, the club closed when it lost its funding and South Lincolnshire Blind Society encouraged me to start one up in Crowland which I did about 13 months ago.

“We’re now the biggest club in south Lincolnshire but because we had no transport, blind and VIPs in Spalding couldn’t come.

“So now we’ve launched a club in Spalding to stop VIPs from going into social isolation.”

The club meets at Broad Street Methodist Church every third Monday of the month and for more details, call Mr Day on 07450 247945.