Warwickshire golf day raises over £12,000 for vital eye research

24 July 19

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Members of the Warwickshire Committee with members of the Fight for Sight team


On one of the most glorious days of the summer so far, over 80 keen golfers in the took part in the 25th Annual Warwickshire Committee Golf Day in aid the eye research charity, Fight for Sight.

The golf day took place on 3rd July and raised over £12,000. This fantastic result means that, throughout the twenty-five years of their support, the Warwickshire Committee have now raised a staggering £300,000 for Fight for Sight through the golf day.

The fundraising activities included a tombola, an auction, and a star prize raffle – where one lucky winner walked away with a week’s holiday in a lovely villa in Murcia, Spain.

The 18-hole competition, followed by a three-course dinner was held at the Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club and organised by Debbie White, Chair of the Fight for Sight Warwickshire Committee. The annual cup was, for the second year running, won by the narrowest of margins by the team of Ocusoft - courtesy of a back-nine countback from the team of Surgitrac Instruments.

The event raised funds for Fight for Sight with 25 per cent of proceeds going to ‘Team Tilda’ supporting research into local 10-year-old Matilda Henley’s particular eye condition.

At just 18 months old Matilda, who lives in Kenilworth, was diagnosed with corneal dystrophy; a condition that causes micro cysts to form and burst on the outer layer of her eye. The condition strikes if her eyes become dry and leaves her in severe pain forcing her to keep her eyes closed days at a time.

Debbie, a founding member of the Committee, has been fundraising for Fight for Sight for over 25 years. She said: “We are grateful to our core supporters and it’s always great to welcome new ones. It would not be possible to raise these funds without their continued support. Special thanks also to Topcon our headline sponsor this year and all the team at Stoneleigh.”

Both Debbie and her brother, Ady, have Usher Syndrome which includes an eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa; this most often leads to tunnel vision and night blindness. She said: “The research projects Fight for Sight fund are so important to understand conditions like mine and Matilda’s. We will only find better treatments and solutions for sight loss through research, hence my passion for fundraising for such an amazing charity.”

If you are interested in joining the Warwickshire Committee to run other events, please contact Debbie on 07866 510959 or email ffsgolfday@gmail.com.

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