“Naomi is a resident at Ashbourne House, Gatley, and has had sight problems since she was in her early teens, with the inherited causing the gradual loss of sight to the point where she is now almost entirely blind.
Naomi has always refused to join the other residents on Oomph! trips, saying it was pointless due to her lack of sight. I, and several carers, tried on numerous occasions to persuade her to join us. We assured her that she would have a full verbal description of wherever we were going, but this was without success… Until Jodrell Bank Observatory was mentioned! Naomi immediately sprang to attention and said, “If you are going to Jodrell Bank then I would like to come along” and so, she did.
I have to say, that the carers, other residents and myself expressed our pleasure that she had finally accepted to join us. In fact my elation lasted the whole day and was still apparent when I got home that evening and obviously observed by my wife.
That trip in itself was – I thought – a breakthrough, but I was concerned that we may face refusals on future trips. However, the next trip was to Blackpool Illuminations which quite obviously is a visual experience and I was overjoyed to find that Naomi enjoyed Jodrell Bank so much she was just as eager to join us on this trip. Because her sight allows her to see brightness and darkness, it was thought a good idea that Naomi sit in the front of the bus with me so that she could gain some visual experience combined with verbal help from the rest of the bus occupants including myself.
Having chatted with her during our fish and chip meal, I am seriously looking forward to the next trip and having her join us again!”
Naomi says of the trip, “I came here in the 60s, when I was at boarding school. And I came with my husband. This trip was very nice, I loved it! Thank you for what you’re doing, [I had] a lovely day.”
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