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Ella has decided to take on this challenge because she has congenital Nystagmus (more in-depth information can be found on the Nystagmus Network’s website here: https://nystagmusnetwork.org/what-is-nystagmus/congenital-nystagmus/) and she's registered blind.
In Ella's own words she writes: "Nystagmus is an eye condition where the eyes move involuntary (in my case they move from side to side) and can significantly reduce an individuals vision. Symptoms I experience: include: my ability to focus on things (both near and far) and depth perception are affected, I struggle in busy environments, my eyes to tire quicker (it takes me a lot longer to complete simple tasks such as reading a lot of text, especially if it’s small) and can become worse when I am tired or stressed. I have had Nystagmus since birth, and there is no known cure.
However, this has never been a negative - I embrace it and have things that help enable me to live the best life possible despite my disabilities. I use specialist software on my laptop and have materials in large print amongst other things, most recently allowing me to complete my undergraduate degree at Nottingham Trent University. I also use a long white cane to help me when I’m out doing everyday things and travelling. My friends and family are always on hand to offer support if I need it."
Sam and I will be walking the 14-mile route from the Moorfields Eye Hospital to the London Eye, in the hope that the money we raise will help to fund life-changing research for those of us living with Nystagmus and the future generations of people who the Nystagmus Network will support.
A massive thanks to Sam for also doing this with me. Sam is always incredibly supportive of me in general and whenever I have taken on a fundraising challenge.
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Ella & Sam xxx