Brian Casey, 51, is the low vision worker at N-Vision, Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Society for the Blind.
He lost his sight 27-28 years ago to two sports injuries (in footie and squash) a year apart. It was only after the second that he realised he had already lost the sight in one eye.
He was told there was nothing medics could do to restore his vision and left hospital with a bus pass. Up until his accident he’d worked as a mechanic, and had just taken delivery of his pride and joy first ‘proper’ car.
Brian was also an up and coming racing driver as well as a county squash champion and Watford FC mad.
He lost his sight but found love. At an RNIB rehab centre a young woman called Beverly, who had been severely sight impaired since birth, gave him – as he puts it – the ‘kick up the backside I needed to live my life.’
He’s been encouraging others to do the same since becoming the specialist low vision worker at the Blackpool based charity – urging them to retain their independence and confidence.
This year Brian became the very first European to test Canadian invention eSight eyewear – the very Trekky like miracle specs pictured – and found they worked.
He was able to see Beverly for the very first time – and his parents again. Now he’s helping spread the word about eSight at national and international conferences. But he still wants to catch his local football team in action in the new season and, thanks to a very caring squad of fundraisers at AKS Independent School, Lytham, who recruited football pundit Trevor Sinclair as guest speaker at their Sportsman’s Dinner in Brian’s honour – that’s now likely to happen. The £6800 raised went a long way to securing their goal of the miracle glasses – which cost £10k.