Sarah Leadbetter

Post date: 
Friday, 3 August 2018

"I had lots of problems with my eyes growing up.

Sarah Leadbetter looking at camera wearing a yellow t-shirt. A gold bar spans beneath the photo.

"I left school to train as a nursery nurse and was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, which meant I couldn’t see out of the edges of my eyes. I was given no support for my condition, and when I was 23 I decided to seek medical advice and was registered blind. When I was 34 I undertook long cane training. My guide dog Kiki came into the picture two years later, and we’ve now been working together for six years. I became a voluntary campaigner for RNIB, after getting fed up with street clutter, such as tall bins and parked cars. I’ve also had some issues with train companies and helping blind people off trains, and I’ve raised money for Guide Dogs through a tandem skydive. Thanks to RNIB, I have a much more positive ‘can do’ about my sight condition and life in general."

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