Blind motorist swaps four wheels for two

Carl Morris was devastated to be told he could no longer drive

Carl Morris was devastated to be told he could no longer drive

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A VISUALLY impaired motor enthusiast who lost his driving licence because of he lost his sight will soon be back on the road — when he replaces four wheels with two.

Carl Morris has taken up tandem cycling after enrolling in Action for Blind People’s (Action) Living with Sight Loss programme.

The 36-year-old, who used to be a keen cyclist, is now set to join Bury Tandem Club, a cycling group for the visually impaired.

His vision first started deteriorating when he was aged just 30.

Mr Morris was given the devastating news he had macular degeneration, a condition that affects a tiny part of the retina at the back of the eye, causing problems with central vision.

He had his driving licence revoked last year, which had a “devastating impact” on his day-to-day life.

Mr Morris, from Tonge Moor, said: “I have always loved motor vehicles and used to attend car rallies with my son, which we both really enjoyed.

“Then, one day, I began having problems seeing my computer screen. I was eventually diagnosed with macular degeneration. I was distraught, feeling lost and isolated.

“I felt useless — everything I loved in life was experienced through sight. Taking that away meant there was nothing left — or so I thought.”

In February, Mr Morris was referred to Action for Blind People’s Living with Sight Loss programme, which is based at the ophthalmology unit at Royal Bolton Hospital.

The community-based six-week programme gave him an opportunity to share his experiences with others who are blind or partially sighted.

Since completing the course, Mr Morris has gone on to become an ambassador for Action for Blind People’s (Action) Living with Sight Loss course.

Mr Morris said: “The course has helped me develop new and lasting friendships, boosted my confidence, social life and self-esteem.

“I’d recommend the course to anyone who is worried about visual impairment and what the future holds.”

To book a place on Action for Blind People’s Living with Sight Loss course, call 0161 787 9252 or email lwsl@actionforblindpeople.org.uk.

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9:03am Sun 24 Aug 14

westies71 says...

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Open the comments on the bank note its a disgrace that you censor free speech westies71
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10:07am Sun 24 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

westies71 wrote:
Open the comments on the bank note its a disgrace that you censor free speech
Spot on Westies71.
[quote][p][bold]westies71[/bold] wrote: Open the comments on the bank note its a disgrace that you censor free speech[/p][/quote]Spot on Westies71. mrs philainsy
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10:58am Sun 24 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

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Surprise surprise and isnt that against the law too... hang on they're not subject to our laws anyway. Wolfie190
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11:50am Sun 24 Aug 14

angus macoatup says...

westies71 wrote:
Open the comments on the bank note its a disgrace that you censor free speech
Spot 0n
[quote][p][bold]westies71[/bold] wrote: Open the comments on the bank note its a disgrace that you censor free speech[/p][/quote]Spot 0n angus macoatup
  • Score: 5

1:26pm Sun 24 Aug 14

SSMassive says...

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Who does this guy think he is "people need to know which cause to support'. I've got news for you , in this country we are free to decide who to support and who not to support. I for one would never support a terrorist organisation that publicly executes it's own people. Good on you Israel and keep going until you have removed every last terrorist is dead. This is the cause I need to support and I have more news for you, the west with its principles of decency will prevail and the ones who will ultimately suffer are the Muslims you just don't get it SSMassive
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7:11am Mon 25 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

We Are Just As Bad We Have Arm Terrorist, The Union Jack Is Burt In Many Countries.
We Are Just As Bad We Have Arm Terrorist, The Union Jack Is Burt In Many Countries. Gore Seer
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1:32pm Mon 25 Aug 14

SSMassive says...

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Stop trying to pretend you're English you cretin SSMassive
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2:22pm Mon 25 Aug 14

pondis says...

Gore Seer wrote:
We Are Just As Bad We Have Arm Terrorist, The Union Jack Is Burt In Many Countries.
I can't begin to unpick the points in this comment.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: We Are Just As Bad We Have Arm Terrorist, The Union Jack Is Burt In Many Countries.[/p][/quote]I can't begin to unpick the points in this comment. pondis
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