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Julie Smethurst

Photograph of Julie with the Olympic Torch

Julie was a Trustee at SRSB from 1990 and is an inspiration to so many people. She has been registered blind since childhood, and is passionate about blind people being enabled to be as independent as they aspire to be in order to reach their full potential.

 In 2012, Julie was nominated as an Olympic Torchbearer and carried the torch at Parson's Cross along its route through Sheffield. She relished the role and has spent a lot of time since the event visiting many places to show people the torch, giving them the chance


to have their moment holding it. She spent a week attending our Activities Centre each day having her photograph taken with our clients, staff and volunteers so that they can keep a memento of the occasion.

She has been active over the past twenty years in promoting access for disabled people via various community groups in the city, including chairing both the City Council's Access Liaison a Transport4All Groups, which champion the interests of disabled people in using public services and facilities.

Julie has been active in her church over many years, and as part of this led a weekly soup run for homeless people between 2000 and 2010.  She also loves travelling and singing and has been Chairman of the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus since 2006.







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