Category Archives: Blind

Carer Pat Onions may be blind but still is a carer for her husband

SHE is one of an estimated 759,000 people in Scotland caring for a loved one who is elderly, ill or disabled, with the figure set to rise to at least one million by 2017.

Pat Onions is registered blind but cares full time for her husband David

HAVING suffered the sudden and devastating loss of her sight in her 30s, Pat Onions could have faced a very limited future.

‘Puppy love’ as couple marry after guide dogs ‘fell in love’

A beautiful true story


Claire Johnson and Mark Gaffey marry accompanied by guide dogs Venice and Rodd Labrador-Retrievers Venice and Rodd were “inseparable” when they met

A couple who got together after their guide dogs “fell in love” at a training camp have tied the knot.

Claire Johnson, 50, and Mark Gaffey, 51, met in 2012 after Labrador-Retrievers Venice and Rodd took a shine to each other.

The pair guided their owners through the service in Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, on Saturday and even acted as ring-bearers.

Ms Johnson said she had “no doubt” the dogs had brought the couple together.

Sheffield carer gets £1,900 after delay

She doesn’t want to be named but – after receiving £1,900 in back pay – she does want others to know that if you’re battling bureaucracy at Sheffield City Council, then Action Desk is the place to turn.

The lady, who cares for a blind woman, got in touch after receiving no wages for three months.

Under a complicated scheme the cash was sent from the council to a service which paid out the woman’s care funding as if she were an ‘employer’.