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Paralympians join Fight for Sight virtual event

A trio of paralympic medallists have pledged to take part in the Fight for Sight initiative to mark National Eye Health Week

A lady jogging

Paralympian cyclists Neil and Lora Fachie and skier Millie Knight will all take part in Fight for Sights virtual journey to the centre of the eye.

The virtual event, which launches today (24 September) in support of National Eye Health Week (NEHW), calls for people to walk, jog or run 10k while listening to an audio story that aims to educate users about eye health.

The app is free to download and people can take part anytime, anywhere, from 24 September to 11 October. It uses geo-positioning to give updates to runners at different stages of the course as the audio shares eye health tips along the route.

Speaking about the event, Ms Knight, said: “As well as being good fun, the virtual event is a great way to raise awareness of eye health and the need for more eye research funding – and for me it’s also a change from the ski slope. I hope as many people as possible will join me in taking part.”

Chief executive of Fight for Sight, Michele Acton, said that the event is a fantastic interactive way to learn more about the eye while also getting fit.

“Half of sight loss is actually avoidable so it’s really important that people know about their eyes and how to look after their eyesight,” she highlighted.

To register for the event, visit the Fight for Sight website.