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Chris's Sahara Trek 2014 page

Trekking 100 km in the Sahara for Retina UK because they are trying to find a cure for RP

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  • Event: Sahara Trek 2014, 12 Apr 2014 to 19 Apr 2014

Retina UK

Retina UK specialises in funding pioneering research into the causes of inherited progressive sight loss. We also offer dedicated support to the thousands of people in the UK affected by these conditions.

Charity Registration No. 1153851

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Firstly, thanks for simply looking at this page!

I know if you've seen me linking to Just Giving on Facebook and Twitter etc, it will be just one of countless other pages you will have been asked to donate at, so thanks for taking the time out to click on my link - it's much appreciated!

Those who know me will no doubt be aware that I've got dodgy eyes.

If I've ever blanked you when you've waved at me across a room then it's not because I'm ignoring you, honest! It's no doubt because I simply haven't seen you!

That's because I have an inherited eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa.

It can affect your eyes in many ways, but the strain that I most likely have affects your peripheral vision and night vision.

It's like a horse wearing blinkers - you see straight ahead of you, but not really out to the sides.

This means that you often walk into stuff which can be quite painful and sometimes really embarrassing.  Most people think you are clumsy, drunk or both! ;-)

It also affects your night vision, which means getting about in the dark can be very challenging.

I know I sound like I'm making light of it here, but honestly, it's a royal pain in the bum if I'm honest.

It also means you can't drive, and affects nearly everything you do in your life really.

It affects about 1 in every 4000 people, and right now there is no known cure.

Unfortunately it's progressive and gradually worsens, usually leading to complete blindness, so over time things might become a bit harder for me and those around me.

The charity RP Fighting Blindness is a truly AMAZING charity that supports high quality medical research into the disease and through their work there are now actually some potential treatments on the horizon.

I'll be trekking 100 km in the Sahara desert over 4 days in April 2014 to raise money for RP Fighting Blindness!

I am hoping to raise over £5000!

I know I have amazing friends and family around me, so I'm sure I'll make my target!

Please dig deep, and together we can all help to fight RP, and one day, fingers crossed, find a cure!

Thanks again for stopping by! :-)

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