Angel Dawn gives support to others

DAWN Wooltorton is a modern day angel. 

The Strathdale resident was diagnosed with macular degeneration in 2002 and became legally blind in 2008.

For many people this news would have had a devastating impact but for Mrs Wooltorton it was a chance to lend a helping hand. 

Mrs Wooltorton attended an information session at Vision Australia to learn more about her condition. 

"They rang me afterwards and asked if I would like to be a peer," she said.

"I have been there three years and have enjoyed every minute of it." 

Mrs Wooltorton said she spoke to people with vision impairments via teleconferencing and helped them come to terms with their condition.

She said the volunteer work kept her busy.  

"I am very grateful I can help people," she said. 

"I remember what it was like (being diagnosed with the condition).

"I knew nothing about it." 

Mrs Wooltorton, whose children live interstate, said she had learned to live with the condition. 

"I am coping," she said. 

"I have wonderful neighbours who check on me regularly.

"As long as I have my music I will be fine."