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£4,777raised of £4,777 target by 83 supporters

    Weʼve raised £4,777 to help Diane see again!

    Location
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    Time left
    Funded on Monday, 24th July 2017

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    Diane Ralph was diagnosed with Stargardt disease in 2004 and has been registered as medically blind for the last thirteen years.

    Diane originally worked as a nurse in Aberdeen before retiring on medical grounds, aged 26, in 1994 due to degenerative spinal discs and arthritis.

    Later, while studying for an Open University degree in Arts and Humanities, she began to see flashes in her vision which didn’t go away and were later diagnosed as Stargardt disease.

    Stargardt disease is a rare inherited disorder of the retina which causes progressive damage to central vision in both eyes which is responsible for the detailed vision necessary for such every day activities such as reading, driving and watching TV.

    Diane said: “While I was studying for my Open University degree I found I was having trouble reading my textbooks and magazines. My eyes wouldn’t focus and I had bright sparkles, like fireworks, in my vision.

    “When I saw an eye specialist my central vision had deteriorated to the point I only had a small amount of peripheral vision left. After more tests, I was subsequently diagnosed with Stargardt disease which was devastating.”

    Electronic glasses have been developed by Canadian company eSight which communicate what they see through a camera and enhanced video system which can then be interpreted correctly by the optical nerve, giving back sight.

    “I couldn’t believe it when I tried on the electronic glasses, it was like coming out of darkness in to the light. I could see again and was easily able to read a newspaper, see cars and road signs and I also got to see my family for the first time in years which was very special.

    “The glasses will completely change my life but are out of my reach financially. We don’t know how long it will take to raise the money but I really hope we reach the target as the glasses will make an enormous difference to me and how I’m able to live my life.”

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    • Grant McLean

      Grant McLean

      a month ago

      Grant McLean

      On behalf of Diane, Alison and Eileen, I wanted to pass on our thanks for all the contributions to our campaign. We are thrilled to advise that we have now reached our target and Diane's glasses were ordered earlier this morning. We would not have managed this without all the loving and generous donations that we have received. Thanks again ❤️😊

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    • Grant McLean

      Grant McLean

      a month ago

      Grant McLean

      Thank you so much to everyone who came along to our Memorial Concert in memory of Jim Ralph. We have an excellent evening and were thrilled that so many people joined us to celebrate the memories of this wonderful, and much missed man. Thanks also to everyone who contributed on the night. We were gobsmacked with the generosity. Thank you soooooooo much :-) xx

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    • Grant McLean

      Grant McLean

      a month ago

      Grant McLean

      As we've currently raised £3045 in offline donations, which we cannot show here, we've revised our online total to reflect this. Current total sits at £7752. Thank you to all who has contributed ❤️😊

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    • Grant McLean

      Grant McLean

      a month ago

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    Supporters

    83

    • Shelagh Aitken

      Shelagh Aitken

      Jul 23, 2017

      £50.00

    • Heather, Antonia, Monique & Dominic

      Heather, Antonia, Monique & Dominic

      Jul 21, 2017

      We hope to see you at your total very soon. Lots of love xx

      £20.00

    • Robert Sinclair

      Robert Sinclair

      Jul 21, 2017

      For Jim

      £250.00

    • conrad Lewis

      conrad Lewis

      Jun 30, 2017

      AS THE INVENTOR OF THE ESIGHT GLASSES AND THE FOUNDER OF THE COMPANY THAT MAKES THEM I AM ALWAYS THRILLED TO HELP SOMEBODY REGAIN GOOD SIGHT.I

      £20.00

    • Grant Main

      Grant Main

      Jun 28, 2017

      Good luck

      £10.00

    • John Flynn

      John Flynn

      Jun 27, 2017

      Great cause Grant & Alison - Good Luck

      £20.00

    • Anne

      Anne

      Jun 19, 2017

      Hope you reach your target soon and Diane can see again!

      £20.00

    About the fundraiser
    Grant McLean

    Grant McLean

    Aberdeen, United Kingdom

    Diane Ralph was diagnosed with Stargardt disease in 2004 and has been registered as medically blind for the last thirteen years. Electronic glasses have been developed by Canadian company eSight which gives back sight and we want to help her get a pair!

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