During these strange times, we’ve all had to learn to live life in new ways and for visually impaired people that’s even more difficult than for most.

In spite of all the challenges of Covid-19, one of our service users, Donna, has been making the most of life and keeping busy as well as managing to help others too.

Donna Cooper

“I go out for a daily walk” says Donna. I love walking but I try to find routes which are quiet to avoid people wherever I can otherwise I end up zig-zaging away from everyone to keep away from them. It’s not always easy when you have sight loss so you have to hope that people will take notice and give you space too.”

“Sight loss can have its funny side too. Whilst out walking I “saw” what I naturally thought was a small dog on lead, only to get closer and find out that it was actually a rabbit on a lead and in the middle of the road! It’s certainly true………….. It’s never dull in Hull.”

“I’ve also been out shopping for both myself and some of the other tenants in Beech Holme Court. It’s not easy following all the new barriers, lines and arrows in the supermarket, but I have to say a huge thank you to the staff at Lidl who have been brilliant. They have gone above and beyond to help me.”

“Now I’m enjoying the good weather and doing some gardening trying to keep everything neat and tidy. Hull City Council have been a big help too. They’ve cut the grass for us so I only have to do the weeding and tidying. I’m sure the other tenants enjoy the garden too and it keeps me busy.”

“We all need to find things to do until we can all get back together,” said Donna. “But I can’t wait until we can all get together again and enjoy all our usual activities again.”

Donna shooting
Donna, pictured above, taking part in an acoustic shooting competition as part of the Disability Games