The #skydiveforsight smashes its target

16 May 18

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Debbie White and Natasha Dickinson, Director of Development at Fight for Sight, just before their #skydiveforsight

We had 18 brave and brilliant fundraisers throw themselves out of a plane earlier this month [5 and 6 May 2018] to raise funds for sight saving research. The #skydiveforsight was the brainchild of long-time Fight for Sight supporter Debbie White, who lives with a sight loss condition called retinitis pigmentosa.

For Debbie, from Warwick, this was her second #skydiveforsight, following her first three years ago raising over £7,000. This year Debbie pushed the charity to set a target of £10,000 – which has not only been met, but exceeded with over £20,000 being raised by the team so far.

Debbie said: “The condition I live with, retinitis pigmentosa (RP), causes tunnel vision and night blindness. There are many eye conditions, including RP, for which there’s currently no effective treatment – that’s why we need to fund vital eye research.”

The Hinton Airfield in Northamptonshire hosted the fantastic flying fundraisers, including Debbie, two of Fight for Sight’s trustees and our Director of Marketing and Development. The flying trustees were Louisa Vincent, Managing Director at Lazard Asset Management, and Ginny Greenwood, Director at the Institution of Civil Engineers. Both have been trustees of the charity for three years.

Louisa Vincent and Ginny Greenwood, two of Fight for Sight’s trustees

Ginny said: “I am delighted to be undertaking this for Fight for Sight, a charity I am very committed to supporting. I joined the event in memory of my mother who suffered for many years with AMD and I am extremely grateful to everyone who sponsored me.”

Michele Acton, Fight for Sight’s Chief Executive, said: “It’s not every supporter or trustee or even member of staff who’s willing to throw themselves out of a plane for a cause and I’m full of admiration and very grateful to all the 18 people who did it. Their fundraising makes it possible for us to continue funding innovative, sight saving research that will bring us closer to our goal of creating a future everyone can see.”