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Monday 27 June 2022

Sussex Resident With Impaired Vision Praises Digital Classes Ahead Of National Awareness Week

A Bexhill-based woman who has battled deteriorating sight loss since being diagnosed with glaucoma 27 years ago has commended a series of free digital classes which have helped her regain her confidence in computing ahead of Deafblind Awareness Week.
Andy Lawes and Angela Hart

Angela Hart, 64, was diagnosed with glaucoma when she was 36. Now registered blind with advanced glaucoma the former secretary was forced to give up driving in 2014 when her vision severely deteriorated.  
Since signing up to free digital classes provided by Box Broadband at the Pebsham Community Hub, Angela has refreshed her knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point despite being unable to see anything distinctly.  
Angela said: 

"My vision is foggy and I'm unable to see anything distinct. As a former secretary I can remember elements of computing but I can't see so I signed up for help.
"This wonderful service to the community has helped me to regain my confidence in computing and I would recommend it to anyone."
Funded by Box Broadband, the classes are delivered by computer technician and proprietor of Comp-U-Help Bexhill, Andy Lawes on a weekly basis. 
Angela added

"Andy is a really good teacher, who makes the sessions fun. I'm helping out on the InSight to Culture project for Bexhill Museum and now feel that I will be able to actually provide a positive contribution.
"I travelled to and from the sessions on a bus and use a cane to aid my mobility so if I can do it anyone can!" 
Plans are in the pipeline to deliver the next course of lessons. Anyone interested should contact Andy Lawes on 07923 458516 or email

by: Mike Cobley


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