Brian Anderson


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I was born with Cataracts, underwent many operations, developed Nystagmus and a few other bits. I am registered blind but with some useful vision. I trained as a teacher, worked mainstream then special schools and became a Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired. I was also an Education Officer with RNIB.

I know the problems VI causes but also know it is not the end of the world and can, in fact, provide new opportunities. I am looking forward to working with everyone at Southampton sight to support others to make the most of living with sight loss.

Tom McInulty


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In 1994 I started as a volunteer trustee, with Southampton Sight and I am really pleased to be involved with this organization. I lost my sight totally in 1983 due to an accident so have had to make that journey personally, adjusting how I live my life to the full to accommodate blindness.

I have had many wonderful experiences and achievements, including running the London Marathon twice, climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge, cycling and mountain climbing, all to raise money for various charities. I was especially proud to carry the Paralympic torch for the 2012 Paralympic Games.

I am employed as a manager with the Macular Society, where I have worked for since May 2008.

My constant companion is Brunel, my guide dog. He is very special as he won the “Outstanding Work” Guide Dog award in 2012.

David Marson


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I have worked with Southampton Sight for quite a few years and the last 5 years I’ve been a trustee. I’m responsible for Health and Safety matters and twice a year, when the clocks change, it’s my job to reset all the talking watches! When I first came to Southampton Sight I had been through a very low time suffering with depression. I was unemployed and although I don’t have a sight impairment myself I was sent here as part of a volunteer placement. All I can say is working here has changed my life. I felt valued and useful as I could use my skills to benefit the charity and in turn went through a healing time myself. I have since gone on to get a job in another region but it’s important to me to keep a strong connection with Southampton Sight by being involved as a trustee.

Lieke Van Putten


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