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

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

Friday, 18th May 2018, 12:42 pm
Updated Friday, 18th May 2018, 12:46 pm
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


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

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.

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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

“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.