Lancashire-based sight loss charity, Galloway’s has been forced to cancel its much -loved Driving Day, which was due to take place on Monday 8th May, as the venue operating company has gone into liquidation.
Galloway’s has offered its Driving Experience Day to local blind and partially sighted people annually for over 15 years and over 45 people were booked on next week’s event. “On Wednesday morning, we were informed that the circuit operating company at the 3 Sisters Race Track had gone into liquidation and suddenly closed. Despite many attempts, we have been unable to contact anybody at the race track and have had no choice but to cancel our Driving Day. We are devastated.”
The Driving Experience Day which was due to take place on Monday, was due to be Galloway’s most popular yet, with over 45 people booked to attend the day. James Coulton, Activities Coordinator at Galloways, commented, “We’ve spent all day frantically trying to arrange an alternative, Whilst we did get some very generous offers about other pieces of land, driver and passenger safety has to be our number one consideration, and we have no other option but to cancel.” The charity, which supports over 7,000 visually impaired people each year, is now urgently appealing for a new race track or suitable venue to come forward to help ensure that the other Driving Experience Day, planned for later this year, can still go ahead.
John Parry, a local Driving Instructor who supports the day by donating his time and learner driver car, commented, “The Galloway’s Driving Day is an amazing experience for people who are living with sight loss. It offers the opportunity to do something which is missed by so many partially sighted people. I feel immense pride in donating my time and car, knowing I’ve given somebody the experience to either drive for the first time ever, or for the first time since losing their sight. It’s just wonderful.”
“I urge anybody who might know somebody or a venue that can help to please come forward so that Galloway’s can continue to offer this amazing opportunity.”
The staff at Galloway’s are now in the process of contacting all of those who were booked to attend the day, and those who had offered their time and their vehicles, with the news that the event has unfortunately had to be cancelled.
Stuart summarised, “We’re obviously devastated at having to cancel Monday’s Driving Day but we’re doing all we can to ensure the event planned for later in the year can still go ahead.”
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