The achievements of people living with sight loss were celebrated at an inaugural awards ceremony in Preston.
Penwortham-based Galloway’s Society for the Blind hosted its EyeCan awards at the Invincible’s Lounge at Preston North End Football Club on Friday.
“The calibre of nominations we received reinforced how many inspirational people there are in our community, who are either living with sight loss or going above and beyond to support those living with sight loss”Steve Daley
More than 150 people turned out to hear inspirational stories of people in the community who have overcome the challenges of being blind or partially-sighted.
Those who support people living with sight loss, such as volunteers for the charity, were also recognised.
Among the winners were Justine Raith from Preston, who won the award for ‘most inspirational person’; Brenda and Norman Worthington, from Penwortham, walked away with the ‘volunteer award’; and the ‘charity champions’ were Marjorie and Dougie Gornall, from Preston.
David Liddell, also from Preston, was presented with the Artistic Talent Award, which was sponsored by the Lancashire Evening Post.
Steve Daley, captain of the England futsal team and chair of the judging panel for the EyeCan awards, said: “All the categories were really hard to judge and the calibre of nominations we received just reinforced how many inspirational people there are in our community, who are either living with sight loss or going above and beyond to support those living with sight loss.”
He added: “It was a fantastic event and I was so proud to be a part of it.”
Judges also included representatives from the Evening Post, Suzanne Dennis Optometrist, The Eric Wright Group, and Galloway’s.
- To see more photos from the evening, see the Evening Post’s ‘Big Night Out’ section on Saturday.