Specsavers in Cardiff has helped a young entrepreneur launch his innovative business by sponsoring a dinner with a difference.

“Dining in the Dark” was organised by entrepreneur Daniel Williams, 23, from Cardiff. Diners were blindfolded for the duration of the event so they could understand the challenges of visual impairment.

Improving awareness

Daniel was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, which causes gradual vision loss, at the age of eight. His experiences as a visually impaired individual motivated him to launch Visualise Training and Consultancy, to improve organisations’ awareness of how to help visually impaired customers and employees.

Proceeds from ticket sales were donated to RP Fighting Blindness, a charity working to support other individuals who have Retinitis Pigmentosa.

Inspiring story

James Deavall, director of Specsavers in Cardiff, said: ‘Specsavers were very pleased to sponsor Daniel’s innovative and unusual event.

‘We regularly work with customers with visual impairments, and strive to promote the importance of regular sight tests to identify any eye health issues.

‘Many assume that visually impaired individuals are less capable than others, but with the right support in place this is by no means the case. Daniel’s inspiring story makes him a real role model to others who are visually impaired.’

Daniel Williams said: ‘This event will help others experience first-hand what it is like to live with a visual impairment. I hope that this will help to raise awareness of the support needed, and understanding of the challenges visually impaired individuals face every day.

‘Conditions like Retinitis Pigmentosa can develop gradually, making regular eye test very important. Specsavers proactive and positive approach to eye health is fantastic, and I’d like to thank them for their support.’

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