No, I’m not referring to the GIANT blister I acquired as a consequence of our 14-mile sponsored walk from Moorfields Eye Hospital to the London Eye back in March, but rather the REALLY IMPORTANT results. For example…
- 64 generous supporters sponsored my sister and I in our trek across London to raise money for sight-saving research. Huge thanks to everyone who supported us – I can’t tell you how much we appreciated it! 🙂
- This enabled us to raise a total of £1,656, plus £270 in Gift Aid.
- We beat our final target of £1,400 (£100 per mile) by 18%.
- Our original target was £250, so it just goes to show what can be achieved when you go all-out in harassing friends, family, and work colleagues for sponsorship for a worthy cause.
- Over 770 people took part in Eye to Eye 2016.
- The whole event raised over £155,000.
- All of the money raised will fund pioneering research at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.
Moorfields Eye Charity has given me a few examples of some of the projects which the fundraising has supported, as follows:
- A PhD research project, looking at visual crowding in congenital nystagmus (involuntary eye movement), bringing together multidisciplinary expertise from the UCL experimental psychology department and Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre.
- A project aimed at delivering the world’s first keratoconus genome-wide association study to identify genetic risk factors for developing the disease. This project will utilise a bank of genetic data which has been collected at Moorfields over a number of years and holds the potential to make a substantial step forward in understanding this condition, enabling Moorfields to identify people at risk of it and intervene earlier to preserve their sight.
- A small proof of principle study to develop a smartphone app which will demonstrate, through interactive 3D videos, results of eye examinations so that individuals can ‘show’ their family, carers and friends what it is like to have their type of sight loss.
The charity will have another grants round in due course, at which grants will be awarded for more research and also for some diagnostic equipment used to take cellular images of the front of the eye. Stand by for further updates, and in the meantime please start stashing your spare cash as we’re planning on taking part in Eye to Eye 2017… (yikes!) 😮