New Year Honours

03 January 17

written by:

Heather Fanning

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Congratulations to all those that made the New Year Honours' list.

We were delighted to see so many Paralympians and Olympians making the list including Steve Bate who received an M.B.E. Steve was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa in 2011. Its the most common inherited eye condition, affecting 1 in 4,000 people and means Steve has lost his peripheral vision causing him to have tunnel vision.

Despite his condition Steve went on to win two gold and one bronze medals at Rio Paralympics 2016. Watch Steve’s fight for sight story.

Congratulations to Rita Upchurch for receiving an M.B.E. Rita is the founder of AZOOR Society a friend to Fight for Sight.

The organisation was founded by Rita Upchurch, whose daughter Liz Upchurch was diagnosed with AZOOR (Acute Zonal Occult Outer Retinopathy) in 2002. The rare eye disorder affects the retina causing visual loss. Rita and Liz are committed to advancing research for AZOOR and connecting with other patients around the world.

CEO of the Bioindustry Association, Steven Bates, was awarded a C.B.E. The organisation previously supported the fight against sight loss by selecting us as their charity of the year in 2014 raising thousands to help support vital eye research.

To review the full New Year Honours list.