How Danny is keeping up the fight against sight loss while social-distancing

26 March 20

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Róisín Treacy

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A man wearing a Fight for Sight running vest, on a rowing machine in his home.

Hertford local Danny Davis, who vowed to take on 12 major challenge events in 12 months to raise money for eye research has come up with a creative way to continue his challenge, while adhering to social distancing. 

Danny, 51, had planned to undertake one challenge each month across Britain to raise as much money as he could for eye research charity Fight for Sight, including the National Three Peaks Cycle, in which he would have cycled between Snowdon, Scarfell Pike and Ben Nevis and climbed each one in just four days.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Danny has now postponed his next three challenge events, and instead he will complete either a 10k run or row every day for the month of April. Danny will run alone and away from others to stay safe or row at home.

Danny, who is a teacher at Pinewood School in Ware, has Best disease, which causes progressive sight loss and he has been registered partially-sighted. His 17-year-old daughter Grace also has the condition.

Danny said: “It is a big blow that I’ve had to postpone or cancel my upcoming challenge events, but we all have to do our bit to try and slow the spread of this disease. That said, I am not giving up and I have come up with an even bigger challenge that can be completed in isolation if necessary! In this time of uncertainty, it’s only right that we are all focussed on supporting our amazing NHS, but I hope many people will still help me in supporting Fight for Sight. Small charities will need us now more than ever during this crisis.”

Community and Events Fundraising Manager at Fight for Sight, Rachel Simkin said: “We are so grateful to Danny for staying so positive in this difficult time and continuing with his fundraising efforts, while still complying with NHS guidelines and maintaining social distancing. It’s through our fantastic supporters sticking by us during this difficult time that we will be able to continue the fight against sight loss.”

To donate to Danny’s fundraising efforts, you can visit his Just Giving page here. You can also follow his progress on his Instagram account @dannys2020vision.

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