Fight For Sight

Jan Leeming

Shoreham 2007

Shoreham Airshow 2007
Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.



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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 1st July 2009


I've been a Patron of Fight for Sight for a couple of decades.  Whilst I was still a BBC Newsreader I was asked to take part in a couple of Radio Appeals for the Charity.  Both of them raised over £40.000 each - unusually large sums to be generated by Radio Appeals.  And I still remember some of the heart-rending letters we received with donations towards the cause.  Old people, many of them Blind themselves were sending us small sums like 50p out of their tiny pensions with messages saying they hoped that even these small sums might help to eradicate some of the causes of Blindness.

Fight for Sight raises money for Research into Blindness and Blinding Eye Diseases and works in close conjunction with the world renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

Our President is traditionally the Duke of York and the present Duke - Prince Andrew  - is, this week,  hosting a Reception at St. James Palace and I shall be attending.  I've met the Duke many times and find him a highly charismatic and likeable character.

Then in a couple of week's time I shall be going down to Truro to host a Gardeners' Question Time for the Cornwall Blind Association.  When I started helping Fight for Sight, I had no vested interest other than my desire to help a very worthwhile Charity.  Then my father was diagnosed with Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and being an inherited genetic condition, I have it too.  I've known about it for several years now and, most of the time, simply forget about it.  At present, it's not affecting my sight at all and there's no use worrying about the inevitable though of course I hope they will find a 'cure' for it at best or at least find a way to arrest it's advance once it is diagnosed.  Here's hoping and thumbs crossed.

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