Golfing fans are being urged to sign up for an event in aid of Fight for Sight, to help raise funds on behalf of Matilda Henley, an eight year old girl, who has been battling sight problems.
Matilda, from Kenliworth in Warwickshire, suffers from corneal dystrophy and has to wear sunglasses to protect her eyes from becoming dry. The condition causes micro cysts to form and burst on the outer layer of the eye, which can leave her in severe pain and forces her to close her eyes for days at a time.
Matilda’s family supports UK eye research charity, Fight for Sight, which is holding the Golf Day in Warwickshire, in July. All funds raised will go to the charity, with 50% of the profits going to ‘Team Tilda’ which funds research into corneal dystrophy.
There will be a Fight for Sight trophy and six team prizes to be won on the day, in addition to 18 hole prizes. There will also be tombola, raffle and auctions to help boost donations.
Golfers of all abilities who want to try their hand at the sport, while raising money to support the cause, can now sign-up and take part as a team of four. Places cost £65 per person (£260 per team) and include a full day on the 18-hole course, plus a three-course dinner that evening at the Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club in Warwickshire.
AOP Councillor, Francesca Marchetti, from the Warwickshire committee said: “We have all been touched by Matilda’s story – the challenges she has faced while still so young go to show that poor eye health can affect anyone, and their family, at any age. Therefore, we’re delighted that our charity Golf Day will be helping people like Matilda by raising money for corneal dystrophy as well as supporting all of the fantastic eye research that Fight for Sight funds.”