A SEDGLEY sight loss charity has joined forces with intu Merry Hill to help shoppers understand the importance of eye health.

During National Eye Health Week, which runs from September 24-30, shoppers will have the chance to learn about living with sight loss and how to support loved ones to live full and active lives by visiting the Beacon stand, on the lower mall near M&S.

Visitors will have the chance to use assistive technology - including virtual reality goggles and the Amazon Echo - and quiz experts about how to spot early warning signs of poor eye health.

In addition, there will be exercise tips, employment support, craft and cooking skills to help maintain independence and sporting activities to help visually impaired people keep fit and active.

Arwyn Jones, CEO at Beacon Centre, said: “We want to reach as many people as possible so what better way than working with the biggest shopping centre in the Midlands.

“Our stand will showcase all the ways Beacon can support those living with sight loss but also educate individuals, friends and family of those living with a visual impairment.”

Naomi Campbell, community development manager at intu Merry Hill, added: “Customer experience is at the heart of everything we do and making sure we’re fully inclusive is a big part of our commitment to the local community.”