A BRENT optician has set his sights on walking 200 miles, coast to coast, to raise money for eye research.
Philip James, from Vision Direct opticians, in Harlesden, will trek from St Bees, in Cumbria, to Robin Hood's Bay, in North Yorkshire, in aid of charity Fight for Sight.
Money raised will help fund research into the prevention and treatment of blindness and eye disease.
He said: “A lot of patients I see are affected glaucoma and amblyopia which is a lazy eye. Fight for Sight is helping researchers to improve ways of detecting and treating glaucoma and finding new ways to treat amblyopia and I want to do something to support their research. I am a keen walker and am really looking forward to getting outdoors to train – even if it means some urban rambling.”
Philip hopes the coast to coast challenge will not only raise money to support Fight for Sight’s research programme but will also provide an opportunity to remind people just how vital regular eye tests are.
He said: “Eye tests are so important for detecting serious conditions like glaucoma. And because many schools no longer carry out eye tests, problems like amblyopia which affect the development of children’s eyes, often aren’t spotted until it is too late to correct them. The sooner these conditions are diagnosed the more chance we have of stopping sight loss.”
Philip hopes his customers and members of the Brent community will support his fundraising. He said: “Three years ago I collected old glasses as part of a ‘Glasses for Africa’ campaign and had a really good response from the local area. I really hope people will help again and get behind my fundraising.”
To support Philip’s fundraising go to www.justgiving.com/Philip-James0
For more information about Fight for Sight go to www.fightforsight.org.uk