The Filthy Hobbitses do Tough Mudders for The Eye Fund

And here it is! Your Filthy Hobbitses wearing their finishing headbands sipping a celebratory cocktail made by Eye Fund trustee Helen! Maybe not as filthy as they were at some parts of the course but I think you can tell from some of them that the ice cold water was still doing its job…

Well done Filthy Hobbitses! At the time of writing they’ve raised a MASSIVE £973 for The Eye Fund, we couldn’t be more proud!

Jacob and the Filthy Hobbitses after a fund raising Tough Mudder.
Jacob and the Filthy Hobbitses after a fund raising Tough Mudder.

A night at the Ashville Lodge races

What a great night we all had at Ashville Lodge, home of The Wirral Society of the Blind and Partially Sighted. Although there were only 35 ‘Punters’ (health and safety) we made over £428 between the two charities.

Thanks to all who attended and many thanks to the volunteers who did a remarkable job looking after the visually-impaired.

Hull University chooses The Eye Fund

Poster about Hull University choosing The Eye Fund. Full text available on the page.
Poster about Hull University choosing The Eye Fund.

The Eye Fund is honoured and very proud to have been chosen as Hull University’s charity for this semester. The students are working hard to raise money for us. One of the students, Jacob Rowlands, Simon’s nephew, wrote the following words. They mean such a lot to the family.

The Eye Fund is a registered charity set up to support people losing their vision.

Since 2007 The Eye Fund has raised £95,000 funding two counsellors working out of St. Paul’s hospital and Ashville Lodge, dedicated to providing support for people in the process of losing their vision. Money also goes to providing much needed speciality equipment to any who are in need of their help.

The Eye Fund was launched in memory of Simon Sherry, son of Carol and Paul, the Eye Fund founders, who after developing retinal cone dystrophy was told he was losing his vision.

Simon was simply told he could be blind in the near future, handed a white stick and was escorted out of the facility. Graphic designer by trade, musician and black belt martial arts practitioner by pleasure, the news was incredibly hard to digest.

Simon died at 38 years old weighing only seven stone. With no support and no hope, he had given up on himself.

Carol and Paul Sherry, along with other family members who cared deeply for Simon, decided no other person should go through what Simon had to. They realised Simon was not alone in his experience, thousands of people were receiving no support upon learning their vision was failing. This had to change.

Quiz nights, gallery exhibitions of Simon’s incredible art work, race night, cocktail nights, and old fashioned bucket collecting, have contributed to Carol and Pauls dream becoming a reality.

Capitol Restaurant chooses our Charity

The Capitol Chinese Restaurant in Birkenhead is celebrating The Chinese New Year on Sunday 22nd February. They will have the traditional Chinese Lion dancing, Horoscope, Quiz, free gift and a raffle. They are donating the proceeds from the raffle to The Eye Fund. That is very generous of them.

There are only a few tables left, so if you want to go… book now.