AN award winning Greenock campaigner who lost her sight in her teens is fighting to ensure no-one is left behind coming out of lockdown.

Claire Forde has joined forces with leading charity RNIB to highlight the plight of those with visual impairments as they try to find their way in a new world of social distancing.

In her role as a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament Claire raised a series of points during a recent virtual question and answer session with leading government health official Professor Jason Leitch.

She called for flexibility around social distancing for the blind and those who need assistance when out and about.

Claire, 24, said: "He admitted it was a challenge for the government and something they would be looking to clarify.

"They are trying to balance it with the risks and keep people safe through social distancing and those who need help.

"It has been very tough for those with sight loss during lockdown, and as it eases.

"There are many obstacles to be overcome."

The Greenock charity campaigner was diagnosed with hydrocephalus as a baby and had a shunt implant.

At the age of 18 she was left blind after suffering from bilateral optic nerve atrophy.

But she refused to let her visual impairment impede her life and has become a champion for others, playing an influential role nationally.

She is determined to do her bit to speak up for those who need help as the coronavirus crisis continues.

She is working alongside RNIB bosses who are taking forward initiatives such as partnering with leading stores to give priority slots to the blind and partially sighted, so they can get easier access to shopping.

Claire said: "Lockdown has been very difficult for people.

"I am lucky to have my mum and dad to help me through it.

"There have been some benefits though.

"During lockdown the streets were quieter and it was easier to get about.

"That is changing now and we have to think about how we can help people."