49-year-old Warwickshire fundraiser, Debbie White, travelled to the big smoke this week and visited Fight for Sight to present an early Christmas gift
Debbie has been a huge supporter of Fight for Sight for over two decades. To mark this special milestone she has been on a mission to fundraise, and pledged to raise £20K over the past year.
Smashing her original target, Debbie’s fundraising total stands at £28,049. She presented the funds to Fight for Sight’s Chief Executive, Michele Acton, on Wednesday 17 December.
Debbie knows the devastating impact that sight loss can cause after she was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, called Ushers Syndrome nearly 30 years ago. It causes hearing Parimpairment and progressive vision loss due to Retinitis Pigmentosa. Debbie also has cataracts forming and astigmatism of the eye and is determined to raise awareness and vital funds for the charity.
Debbie heads up the Fight for Sight Warwickshire Committee and has organised a number of different events to reach her target, including the first ever Bike for Sight in Warwickshire in September.
Debbie, an employee of Hy-Kleen of Warwick Limited said: “The support has been truly overwhelming and I can’t thank everyone enough for helping me reach this incredible amount. It will make such a difference and support the incredible research work that Fight for Sight does to help create a future everyone can see.”
Fight for Sight will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2015 and Debbie will also be celebrating her 50th birthday. Debbie has taken her fundraising challenge to new heights, calling on 49 people to join her in her first-ever tandem sky-dive event in April 2015.
Michele Acton, Chief Executive of Fight for Sight said: “Debbie is a true inspiration and we are grateful for her support over the past 20 years – what an amazing achievement. Debbie is a huge part of Fight for Sight, from her never-ending organisation of events to completing the challenges herself - you name it she has done it! Thank you for all your support and we’re looking forward to sharing our milestones together.”