Walkies for charity: dogs help raise £150,000 for ground-breaking eye research
- Eight dogs join over 700 human participants on a charity fundraising walk from Moorfields Eye Hospital to the London Eye
- Moorfields’ patients, staff, friends and families hope to raise in excess of £150,000 to support ground-breaking research in ophthalmology
It was a case of Moorfields-meets-Crufts, as eight dogs joined hundreds of Moorfields supporters who took part in the “Eye to Eye” fundraising walk on Sunday 12 March.
This was the first year that dogs took part in the event, which is run by Moorfields Eye Charity (MEC) to help fund Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s pioneering research into eye disorders. The promenading pups, three of which were guide dogs, all donned Eye to Eye branded t-shirts and received considerable attention from their fellow walkers and spectators.
The event is expected to raise over £150,000 which will go towards areas of eye research such as glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, and age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in adults aged over 60 in the western world. Over the past three years since the event’s inception, donations raised from Eye to Eye have helped support vital research projects, including studies exploring the genetics of keratoconus and the impact of diabetic retinopathy on the structure and function of the eye.
Mervyn Walker, MEC chair and Eye to Eye participant, said: “We have been delighted by the enthusiastic response from Moorfields staff, members and patients to this event, as we strive to raise more money for the hospital’s pre-eminent research programme. Last year I ran the 14 mile route so this year I decided to walk it with supporters and colleagues. Everyone was in great spirits and it was nice to be able to meet and personally thank the other walkers for their fantastic support.”
David Probert, chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my first Eye to Eye walk and was bowled over by how passionate and energetic everyone was - despite the grey weather. It was great to speak to staff, patients and their loved ones while exploring the sights of London. My thanks and congratulations go to Moorfields Eye Charity for all their hard work with the event and their continued support for the trust’s research projects. Eye to Eye is a brilliant event and I look forward to taking part again next year.”
For further information, please visit www.moorfieldseyecharity.org.uk
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