Lily-Grace Hooper, 7, pictured with her mother Kristy Hooper, at their home in Winterbourne Down, Bristol. Lily-Grace's school Hambrook Primary School has state that she is no longer allowed to use her walking cane to school as it poses a health and safety risk to other students. November 17 2015.   See SWNS story SWSTICK. A blind girl has been banned from using her walking cane at school because of "health and safety issues" -  in case she TRIPS up teachers and fellow pupils. Lily-Grace Hooper, seven, suffered a stroke when she was just four days old, which left her virtually blind. But earlier this year a charity donated her a fibre-glass walking cane after her confidence soared when she started using cardboard tubes to help guide her way at home.But her mum Kristy, 38, has been left "absolutely livid" after a risk assessment done on behalf of the school said the cane caused high risk to people around Lily-Grace. Hambrook Primary School in Bristol told her not to use it in school, and the report suggested she have full adult support at all times, and she was told to "walk carefully".The move by the school and the Sensory Support Service - which does assessments for schools - has been slammed by charities.Furious mum Kristy, from Bristol, said: "It is a disability, but I want to celebrate it and make sure she can become independent. "When the school told me she can no longer bring her cane into school, I just thought this must be health and safety gone mad.

Lily-Grace makes the TV – Good Morning Britain.

If you missed Kristy and Lily-Grace’s appearance on Good Morning Britain, you can watch again here.  What an incredible mother raising awareness for Lily-Grace, supporting her VI child and fighting for her independence despite the obstacles put in their way.  In addition Kristy has gained unwavering support from millions of people across the world and not just within the VI community.  Well done!


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  1. Chris Hovey

    Hi, just seen the report about all the abuse you have been getting, I am not visually impaired, but I have had my share of abuse fror verious reasons so I do know what it is like. I can’t imagine though how much it could have affected your lovely little girl, all I can say is to keep on keeping on doing what you are doing and stay proud for doing it.
    I really hope she loves her new school as no one deserves what you two have had to put up with, especially a little girl.
    Stay strong, stay loving and to hell with those rather sad people who have no life other than to try and upset other people. All the best for now and the future for both of you.

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  2. Anthony P

    I’ve been reading about Project Brailler and think it’s great. My 4 year old uses a Smart Brailler at school but has a basic Perkins that we’ve borrowed for home. Is there any advice on getting a Smart Brailler at home? We’re really keen he gets the most out of education.

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