VIDEO: Blind and partially sighted experience the thrill of the racetrack

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Blind and partially sighted people were given the rare chance to experience the thrill of whizzing around a Wigan racetrack.


Service users at Galloway’s Society for the Blind were invited to Three Sisters Circuit, in Ashton, to drive with an instructor.

Galloway's Society for the Blind, held a driving experience day for blind and partially sighted people, with the opportunity to drive around the race track under instruction

Galloway's Society for the Blind, held a driving experience day for blind and partially sighted people, with the opportunity to drive around the race track under instruction

They were also taken for a spin in some prestige cars, such as a Jaguar E-Type and a Porsche.

James Coulton, activities co-ordinator, who is partially sighted, said: “The day was absolutely fantastic and we got some new people attending, who had never been before.

“We get told on a regular basis that one of the things people who have lost their sight miss is the ability to drive, as it takes away their independence.

“For others, it is a pleasure to drive. It also gives people who have never driven before the chance to have a go in a safe environment.

“Driving instructors with dual control cars gave up their time and Honda Wigan loaned us a Honda Civic Type R. Iceland loaned us a HGV and Chorley Nissan in Wigan displayed cars available on a Motability scheme. We also had various Porsches, a Caterham and a Jaguar E-Type.

“We are very grateful for everyone who loaned their cars and for Three Sisters for allowing us the use of the track.”


Sophie Harrison, who attends Galloways, based near Preston, added: “I had never driven a car before but it has been something I wanted to do. It was great to be able to tell people I have done something like this.”

Julie Bennett, who hasn’t driven since losing her sight in 2009, was one of the invited guests. She said: “I had such a wonderful day it was amazing. I was still buzzing when I woke up the following morning. Everyone was so kind, from galloways to staff at the cirvuit. I camn’t thanks them enough.”

Galloway’s is campaigning to raise £50,000 for a new minibus.

To make a donation visit www.galloways.org.uk/gallowheels; Call: 01772 744148 Text: GALL25 £amount, £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10, to 70070. or send a cheque payable to Galloway’s to: Galloway’s Society for the Blind, Howick House, Howick Park Avenue, Penwortham, PR1 0LS.