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Man completes Three Peaks Challenge blindfolded

Matthew Lee decided to raise money for RSBC because his daughter is losing her sight

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A man from East London has completed the Three Peaks Challenge blindfolded and raised £22,000 for the Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC).

Matthew Lee, from Wanstead, was inspired to take on the walking challenge by his nine-year-old daughter, Alexa, who is losing her sight due to brittle cornea syndrome.

Speaking about the RSBC, Mr Lee said: “The RSBC was there for us when we were really struggling. It offered us emotional support and helped us to see that Alexa’s life is still full of brilliant opportunities. We just want to do all we can to open conversations about a little-known issue and, with Alexa’s story, help change negative attitudes people seem to hold about blindness.”

Mr Lee climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon in 24 hours guided by a group of friends. He began his assent of Ben Nevis at 5.38pm on 31 May and reached the top of Mount Snowdon at 5.28pm on 1 June.

“The climb was incredibly tough at times, but nothing compared to what Alexa has to tackle. Just thinking of the family kept me going and I’m massively grateful to my fantastic mates for supporting me,” Mr Lee added.

Chief executive of the RBSC, Dr Tom Pey, said: “We are hugely grateful to Matthew for taking on this immense challenge. We are united with Matthew and his family in ensuring a better future for the 45,000 children growing up with sight loss in the UK. Like his amazing and tenacious daughter, he is determined to conquer something that many would believe impossible.”

To sponsor Mr Lee, visit his JustGiving page.