The team, lead by 17 year-old Zainab Adnan from Crewe, are raising awareness and funds on behalf of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. They took to Victoria Street market as part of a social action day organised by National Citizen Service (NCS). The teenagers have all completed NCS, the UK's flagship youth empowerment programme and, along with other teens across the country, spent Action Day supporting a community initiative close to their hearts.
"We figured that actions speak louder than words and so encouraged members of the public to carry out some simple tasks blindfolded, first with no assistance and then again with us providing guidance," explains Zainab, a student at Sandbach Sixth Form College. "It was a very simple but effective way to show how difficult life can be for blind people without the everyday support that a guide dog offers."
Joining the group was Guide Dogs volunteer speaker Geoff Murfin and his guide dog Cassie. Geoff, from Shavington, has severe glaucoma and lost his sight in 2003. Knowing how his first guide dog Queen, and now Cassie, give him the independence and confidence to travel and shop on his own, he was more than happy to support the NCS group's efforts.
"When you lose your sight, you can become easily disorientated and lose your ability to go out safely alone," said 68 year-old Geoff. "It's very isolating if family members aren't around to support you and so Queen and Cassie totally transformed my life.
"I've been amazed at how aware and thoughtful the NCS teens have been about people with disabilities. They're giving up their free time to fundraise and raise awareness of blind issues and are doing a fantastic job."
NCS Action Day, supported by Santander, is a celebration of the huge difference young people can make to their local communities. Last year alone, NCS participants dedicated more than 2.3 million hours to social action projects.
Zainab attended NCS in the summer of 2016, spending time undertaking outward bound activities and learning skills for work and life. She was part of a team that renovated Shavington Youth Club and is now a representative on the NCS national youth board.
"I've benefited so much from NCS, meeting new friends and gaining so much confidence," continues Zainab. "I've learnt that working together can achieve great things and I hope we've helped raise awareness for this vitally important charity."
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association has been breeding and training guide dogs for more than 75 years, giving 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.
Gary Buxton, Director of Youth Services at Ingeus, which delivers NCS in Cheshire said: "We are extremely proud of our NCS graduates and Action Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate their incredible achievements. It's great to see young people with the commitment and passion to make a positive change in their local area."