Sight Support Hull and East Yorkshire is delighted to announce that it has appointed Paralympian Roy Turnham as the charity's new SocialEYES Coordinator.

Born in Liverpool, Roy was registered blind from birth, after he, along with his older brother and younger sister inherited their mum’s eye condition. Roy often jokes that when growing up, “hide and seek” was the most fun game to play with his siblings. “As long as you could keep very quiet, you were never stuck for a good place to hide.”

From a young age, Roy developed a passion for both music and sport playing multiple instruments in local bands as well as competing in a variety of sports including running, cricket and football - a sport in which he has excelled in having played in the London 2012 Olympic Games and with 92 caps and 43 goals for the England and Great Britain Blind Football Team.

Roy is determined to create opportunities for other visually impaired people to be active, regardless of age or ability. In 2009 he launched SAVI Northwest (Sports and Activities for the Visually Impaired). The multi-sports club has played a pivotal role in providing local sporting opportunities for visually impaired people in Merseyside such as VI tennis, cricket, goalball, football and many others.

“I am both honoured and excited to have been given the role of SocialEYES
Coordinator. I am very much looking forward to sharing my positive experiences with the visually impaired people of Hull and East Yorkshire.”

“Growing up, I always assumed that other blind people had the same positive experiences of sports and leisure activities as I did. When I learnt that this was often not the case, it shocked and saddened me.”

Sandra Ackroyd, Sight Support HEY’s Chief Executive said, “We are thrilled to have attracted an individual of Roy’s standing and experience as our new SocialEYES Coordinator. Roy will bring his enthusiasm, inclusive approach and extensive experience to the role. He has an established track record of success and is committed to promoting opportunities for all people with a visual impairment.”

“We are also extremely grateful to the Anna Maria Charitable Trust (CAF) which is administered by Two Ridings Community Foundation who have funded this role. As a charity we receive no government funding and rely on donations to continue our work so grants from charitable trusts like this are hugely important to us.”

Roy will be overseeing Sight Support HEY’s existing leisure and activity programme which includes activities such as singing, walking, golf, acoustic shooting, tenpin bowling and monthly outings to local events and attractions.

For further information on SocialEYES, please contact Sight Support HEY on
01482 342297 or email info@sightsupport.org.


SocialEYES is Funded by Anna Maria Charitable Trust (CAF) administered by Two Ridings Community Foundation.