Golf day raises almost £2000 for vital eye research

09 May 18

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Imagine being told your child will lose their sight and that there’s no cure – yet. It’s difficult to imagine having that conversation but it’s what had to happen in the Salisbury family when Tommy, at the age of five, was diagnosed with choroideremia, a rare inherited condition which causes progressive loss of vision.

The family and some of their friends decided the thing they could do to help save Tommy's sight is to fundraise for research. Their latest fundraising effort has raised £1,800 to add to the impressive £500,000 raised in the last decade for Fight for Sight.

Dot Grindley, Tommy’s Grandmother, and one of the founders of the Tommy Salisbury Choroideremia Fund which fundraises for Fight for Sight, reports on the successful golf day held last month [26 April 2018] to raise funds for sight saving research. 

“72 golfers enjoyed the annual Tommy Salisbury Choroideremia Fund Charity Golf Day at Shooters Hill Golf Club in South London with a shot gun start at 1 p.m. Thank goodness the awful rain stayed away all afternoon which enabled us to remain dry and play well. We raised £1,800 for the fund and we would never have been able to achieve this without donations of 4 ball games from other local clubs – as always, we are extremely grateful for their support. Tommy’s parents and grandparents - Paul, Emma and Alan and me - all agreed it was a special day and wish to thank Shooters Hill catering staff for supplying a great meal at the end of the day and the greens staff for their hard work all winter in keeping the course in excellent condition. The generosity of the supporters never ceases to amaze me in these difficult times we are all facing.”

Emma, Tommy’s Mum, said:

“The money raised by the Tommy Salisbury Fund will be going to UCL to fund Professor Miguel Seabra’s ongoing research into choroideremia. Despite the advances in the research, it is still not known why and how cells die and vision loss occurs. Our money is enabling Professor Seabra to expand his team and therefore achieve his goal of developing a treatment sooner.”

More on the Tommy Salisbury Fund can be found here