National Eye Research Centre in national BBC Radio 4 appeal

25 August 2015, News

On Sunday 23 August, JBP client the National Eye Research Centre was the subject of a BBC Radio 4 national charity appeal. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b066th6v

Blind Paralympic Skier and National Eye Research Centre Ambassador, Jade Etherington, is presented the BBC Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of the Charity, calling for further investment into eye research.

The Appeal comes in light of National Eye Research Centre reports that it was forced to turn down more than £700K of research applications due to a lack of funds.

Speaking about the Appeal, Jade said:

“Two million people in the UK have a degree of sight loss that significantly impacts on their daily lives, and that number is set to more than double by 2050.

“Personally my family has been affected by eye disease. My mother and younger sisters are visually impaired and, like them, I was born with both glaucoma and Axenfeld syndrome. Investment in eye research could make these conditions a thing of the past.

“I am really excited to be an Ambassador for the charity and to be highlighting the need for more investment in eye research.”

Mike Daw, CEO of National Eye Research Centre, added;

“We are hugely grateful to Jade for presenting this Appeal on behalf of National Eye Research Centre, highlighting the vital issue of eye health research funding.

“Our ageing population is presenting huge challenges for the health service, and eye disease will rapidly become a burning issue as more conditions become prevalent with our advancing years.

“Funding is not adequately keeping up with the scale of the problem and we can and should be doing more.”

Barely 2% of medical research funding is spent on eye research. In contrast to other medical conditions, such as cancer and heart disease, research into eye conditions remains comparatively underfunded. 

Earlier this year the charity launched a campaign, inSIGHTS to a healthy future, calling upon the Government, health and eye care organisations to address the growing issue of eye health in the UK, through increased public and private funding.

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