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A Leicestershire art graduate who put aside her dreams of becoming an artist when she was registered blind at 21-years-old has been getting creative again - with a blow torch.

Claire Lawrence, from Syston, who has a degenerative eye condition which means she has only 6% visibility, said she was given the blow torch as a gift and it has helped her release her "frustration to create something".

The artist's works are now on display at the Ellerington gallery, in Leicester, after being spotted by the owner.

Ms Lawrence, who works for the Royal National Institute of Blind People, hopes to encourage other blind or partially sighted people to follow their ambitions.

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