Galloway’s champ to walk across the bay

Hannah Thortnon
Hannah Thortnon

Hundreds of people take part in the Morecambe Bay Walk every year but for one Lancaster woman this challenge is something more.

Hannah Thornton and her identical twin, Emily, were both born partially sighted.

For Hannah the walk, organised by Galloway’s Society for the Blind, is not all about beautiful views of the bay but to share her experiences.

The 28-year-old will take part in this year’s walk, to share what it is like for someone living with sight loss.

Hannah was left with just patches of vision as the result of a detached retina in her right eye. Hannah first came into contact with Galloway’s at the age of 16.

She said: “We suddenly realised we weren’t on our own and one of the best things about Galloway’s was getting to meet other people living with sight loss.

“For someone like me, who is partially sighted, I do still manage to enjoy some of the view.

“But the best bits for me are getting to feel the water lap around my legs during the estuary crossings and feel the sand underneath my feet.”

This year the Galloway’s Morecambe Bay Walk will take place on Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26, setting off from Arnside and following the guidance of Queen’s Guide to the Sands, Cedric Robinson MBE, over to Kents Bank.