Charity golfers boost funds for eye research

08 June 17

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Generous golfers are on course to boost funds for vital eye research this year with two charity golf days taking place this season.

The 12th Annual Golf Day at Shooters Hill Golf Club in South London raised over £2,000 in April. The money will go to Fight for Sight’s Tommy Salisbury Choroideremia Fund which funds research into choroideremia, a rare inherited disease affecting men which can lead to complete blindness. Since its founding in 2005, the Fund has raised over half a million pounds.

78 golfers took part in the golf event alongside Tommy’s parents Paul and Emma, and his grandparents Alan and Dot. Terry Loveday was awarded first prize with Tony Enright in second place. Val Lewis won the ladies’ competition.

Warwickshire’s charity golf day

Golfing fans in the Warwickshire area are invited to sign-up to this year’s Golf Day in aid of Fight for Sight on 5th July. The event will raise funds for the eye research charity with 50 per cent of proceeds going towards ‘Team Tilda’ which funds research into corneal dystrophy.

‘Team Tilda’ was founded on behalf of Matilda Henley, a 7-year old girl who has been battling sight problems since she was 18 months old. Matilda, from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, suffers from corneal dystrophy, a condition that causes micro cysts to form and burst on the outer layer of her eye meaning she has to wear sunglasses for protection. The condition strikes if her eyes become dry, which leaves her in severe pain and forces her to close her eyes for days at a time.

Golfers of all abilities who want to help raise money for a great cause, while having a fun sporting day out, can now sign-up and take part as a team of four. Places cost £65 per person (£260 per team) and include a full-day on the 18-hole course plus a three-course dinner that evening at the Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club in Warwickshire. To take part, contact Debbie White on 07866 510959 or email ffsgolfday@gmail.com.

Thanks to her tireless fundraising for Fight for Sight, including several years of organising Warwickshire’s charity Golf Day, Debbie White has been honoured at the Royal Leamington Rotary Club’s Community Spirit Awards. Over the past 22 years she has helped to raise over £335,000 for Fight for Sight – well done and very well deserved, Debbie!

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