Blind Dave Heeley signs copies of his new book to celebrate World Book Day in Solihull - The Solihull Observer

Blind Dave Heeley signs copies of his new book to celebrate World Book Day in Solihull

Solihull Editorial 9th Mar, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016   0

A LOCAL celebrity visited a Solihull opticians on World Book Day to carry out book signings.

Blind Dave Heeley visited Specsavers on the High Street to sign copies of his brand new book ‘From Light to Dark’ which covers his amazing story of how, despite losing his sight at just ten-years-old, he’s accomplished a range of challenges and raised £3 million for charity.

To support the event, staff at the store were busy raising funds for Guide Dogs, one of Dave’s favourite charities, by offering free specs MOTs (cleaning and adjustments) in return for donations.

‘What better way to mark World Book Day than with such a phenomenal local hero, who’s now on track to become a top author,’ says Brad Parkes, store director Specsavers Solihull.

Dave Heeley is the first and only blind person in the world to have completed the ultimate endurance challenge of seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.

In 2011 he also became the first and only person to have completed  John’ O’ Groats  to Lands End with a difference – 10 marathons in 10 days and 100’s of miles of cycling.

Guide Dogs provides mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people.

They also campaign for the rights of people with visual impairment, educate the public about eye care and fund eye disease research. Visit

For more information or to make a donation pop into Specsavers at 90 High St, Solihull B91 3TA, call 0121 711 3411 or visit

To buy a signed copy of Dave’s book you can email him; [email protected].


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