As Christmas is the time for giving, why not give to such a worthy and wonderful cause. Your vision is probably something you take for granted. Even if you wear glasses or contact lenses, you most likely don’t think about how lucky you are just to be able to distinguish shapes, colours, faces and objects.
The reality is that someone goes blind every five seconds around the world, which means that in the time you’ve been reading this article so far, around three people will have lost their sight. It’s estimated that by 2050, there will be double the number of people in the UK living with sight loss than there are today – and today that figure is already two million.
Fight for Sight is the UK’s main charity funding pioneering eye research to put a stop to sight loss.
Despite the incredible importance of the work they support, they do not receive any Government funding; all of the money is raised through corporate sponsorship and grants, or donations from individual supporters.
Fight for Sight is striving for a future everyone can see. Their research projects are pioneering in the optical world for example, they are currently developing ways we can better diagnose, prevent and treat eye conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and childhood blindness. Even rare inherited eye diseases.
Here at Eye Emporium we fully support the work that Fight for Sight is aiming to achieve. That’s why we always have collection pots available at every one of our practices – all of the money that you kindly donate in practice goes straight to the charity. In the past we have also operated a campaign where we donated 50p for every eye test carried out. In total, we have raised £680 for Fight for Sight through our collection tins and campaign. The support of businesses are hugely important to charities, as Catherine Woodhead (Fight for Sight Director of Fundraising) states “we appreciate the support that the Eye Emporium has given us in the past. Partnering with businesses and companies gives us the opportunity to connect with a large audience to help highlight the importance and raise vital funds for eye research.” We are proud to support such a pioneering and life-changing charity.
Keep an eye out for future fundraising efforts in practice, and we hope you’ll support us in our pledge to help Fight for Sight. You might even want to donate to them directly; for more information about their organisation and the work they do, please visit their website at www.fightforsight.org.uk, their facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fightforsightuk/, their twitter page https://twitter.com/fightforsightUK or call 020 7264 3900.
For more information about any of the work we do to support Fight for Sight in practice, or to book an eye appointment with us at Eye Emporium, please just give us a call on 0800 020 9209.