Fight For Sight Reception

Jan Leeming

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Date: 8th July 2009


Having recently had a minor operation, I was not allowed to drive for a fortnight which meant that I had to go up to London by train.  I don't mind catching the train for a day meeting but I'm rather nervous about being on a train, unaccompanied, late at night.  If I have to be in London late, I usually take the car.

The Reception at St. James Palace was a short but, in many respects, a very worthwhile one.  Among the people I met and talked with at length was the delightful Professor Peng Khaw who is leading research  to prevent and reverse optic nerve disease in glaucoma and other diseases.  He even had some encouragement for those of us who have Macular Degeneration.  Up until now only the Dry MD could be treated in any way but research is continuing to find a way of treating the Wet MD. 

FFS has been around now since 1965 and one of it's very first successes was in identifying why many premature babies went blind - they discovered that the cause was too much oxygen in the incubators.

Some years ago I was fortunate enough to be taken round the FFS Research Establishment and even to one who is uninitiated in the ways of Medicine and Science, I could marvel at the giant steps forward being made in research into so many different forms of blindness.  FFS interfaces with Moorfields Eye Hospital and the relationship between the two establishments is a very productive one.

Do have a look at FFS's Website and if there's any way in which you would like to help, I know they would be only too glad to hear from you. You don't have to organize anything on a grand scale  - a coffee-morning  - which spreads the word about the work of FFS - is very acceptable.


I think Wednesday last week was the hottest day of the year so far and, on reaching London, not only was I hit by the stultifying heat but couldn't believe how scruffy everyone looked.  I know it is difficult to look smart when one is hot, but there really isn't any excuse for scruffiness when clothing is so relatively inexpensive these days.  Looking good is nothing to do with how much one spends on an outfit or how old it is.  The suit I wore to town is ten years old but I still got a compliment from another woman as to how smart I looked.  Still I suppose the casual example (a bad one in my book) has spread down from the top with the likes of Gordon Brown refusing to don the appropriate Tails for a function and David Cameron going tie-less.  So many business people walk around looking as though they are having a 'mufti' day rather than appearing smart and business like. 

On the train there were people - both young and older with their feet on the seats.  I had a choice between a cream or a navy blue outfit for the Reception and common sense prevailed - I wore the Navy because it wouldn't show any dirt I might have picked up off the seats!!!!   The other thing which amazes me is the way people conduct quite private conversations both personal and business on their mobile phones - Do they think we are all deaf!  I found it quite difficult to concentrate on my book.

Perhaps I'm just becoming a grumpy old woman! But I do strongly believe in standards for once they are gone what do you have - a kind of anarchical society where everyone simply pleases themselves and to hell with the needs of anyone else.

Right let me climb down off my Hobby Horse and tell you about another Charity Function which I'm attending next week.

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