Up for a challenge? If so, it’s time to dust off those trainers, get out your running shoes and get active to support people with glaucoma. Take a look at the events on offer or create your own fundraising challenge!
Get inspired by the stories of our amazing supporters who have taken on incredible challenges to raise funds – then read on to find out how to get up and running with your own fundraising challenge.
Nishani Amerasinghe is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Glaucoma Specialist at University Hospital Southampton. By her own admission, she is not the sportiest of people. “The most energetic thing I have previously done for charity is cutting off my hair,” she says. But in Early March 2023, she’ll be climbing the height of Mount Everest on skis over four days, burning 10,000 calories a day – that’s the equivalent of running three back-to-back marathons!
“It is heart breaking to meet patients whose sight loss could have been prevented had they presented for diagnosis earlier.
“I’m on a mission to increase glaucoma awareness, and I want to use this challenge to support it.
“My own father has glaucoma, so I personally know the effect the condition has on families. Imagine being unable to drive a car, enjoy your hobbies or see your own family.”
Chloe was diagnosed with glaucoma when she was 12. Her nan also has the disease. Thank you, Chloe, for walking 100 miles across lake Baikal in Russia and raising £1,275.29.
Me and my dad walked across frozen lake Baikal. We camped on the ice and used sledges to carry our equipment. Being diagnosed at such a young age was a huge shock, not only for myself but also my family. Not many people realise that children can also suffer from this condition and it is not as rare as people may think. Having visited the children’s glaucoma hospital in London on numerous occasions, I was surprised to see the wide age range of children attending the clinic. Due to the wonderful care of my consultant my condition is stable, and I have the opportunity to travel the world and see amazing things, but I am sure this is not the case for many. Therefore, I wanted to raise as much money as possible for this charity so the wonderful work they do can continue and maybe one day there will be a cure.
Well done and thank you to Keith Barton and David Celaschi who raised £25,751. They made it! Here’s what Keith had to say at the end of their epic challenge.
We did it! 196 miles with around 120 others through beautiful country lanes (and frightening Parisian traffic). Fish and chips, bananas, peanuts, a lot of dried fruit and some good strong tea in Buchy. I think we put on a couple of kgs each. I also never realised the Eurostar seats were so hard.
You’ve decided to take on a challenge in aid of Glaucoma UK. Great! Now it’s time to get your fundraising up and running.
Below you’ll find details of how to download your fundraising pack full of useful information, set up a JustGiving page, and share your progress with us on social media. And don’t forget to tell us what you’re up to! We’ll be here to help and support you every step of the way.
Our fundraising pack is full of resources, inspiration and practical advice to get you started.
Set up a bespoke Glaucoma UK fundraising page for your challenge and start fundraising for us online.
Don’t forget to post regular updates on social media throughout your challenge. Tag us in your posts using the hashtag #TeamGlaucomaUK
Whatever you’re planning, you can make a difference to people with glaucoma and raise money while having fun.
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