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Pupils from 5S at Chantry Middle School and Technology College meeting Karen Chetwynd and her re-homed guide dog, Chloe.
Pupils from 5S at Chantry Middle School and Technology College meeting Karen Chetwynd and her re-homed guide dog, Chloe.
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MEMBERS of the Morpeth community helped schoolchildren get a better understanding of how people cope with little or no sight.

Year 5 pupils from Chantry Middle School and Technology College have recently taken part in a vision impairment awareness project.

It included visits to the Northumberland County Blind Association when pupils took part in workshops enabling them to try out the various gadgets available to those with sight impairment.

In addition, pupils spent an afternoon interviewing three Morpeth residents who have varying degrees of sight loss – Andrew Mawdsley with his guide dog Kit, Jack Moffat and Amy Dann.

Michael Smart said: “I really enjoyed the visits because we got to try out lots of different pieces of equipment and it was also really interesting meeting the three people as they were so nice to us and made me realise that they can live very normal lives.”

Chantry also welcomed Karen Chetwynd and her re-homed guide dog, Chloe, into school to work with the year group. She shared information about the Guide Dogs Association and the process of training a guide dog.

Pupil Lorna Smith was blindfolded before the start of the session and after speaking to Karen and meeting Chloe, Karen asked her a few questions such as what did Lorna think she looked like and what colour is Chloe?