Andy Findley- taking on Eye to Eye
Giving back to Moorfields with his dog, Jasper
3 March 2021
In 2021, Moorfields patient Andy and his furry walking companion Jasper took part in our virtual fundraising walk, My Eye to Eye, to give back to Moorfields for the excellent care he had received. This year, they took on the walk again! This time, the duo walked 15 miles at our in-person Eye to Eye walk in London on 20 March 2022.
Andy was referred to the Moorfields genetic retinal team in May 2019, from West Sussex Eye Hospital. Soon after, in October 2019 they diagnosed him with an incurable rare genetic condition called PXE (pseudoxanthoma elasticum) which affects the eyes as well as other parts of the body.
What is PXE?
PXE is a hereditary disorder in which the elastic fibres that normally occur in the skin, eyes and cardiovascular system gradually become calcified and cause characteristic symptoms in each area.
I see taking part in Eye to Eye as an opportunity to not only give something back to Moorfields, but to also highlight to friends and family the level of care I have received and taking part in an event such as this is a more tangible way to fundraise.
As Andy has had, and continues to receive, wonderful treatment at Moorfields, he wanted to find a way to give back.
This is why, in 2021, he signed up to take part in My Eye to Eye, our virtual fundraiser and he took part again in 2022, for the London walk on 20 March! He urges anyone else considering taking part in an Eye to Eye event to do so.
During the pandemic, Andy experienced excellent eye care at home through virtual appointments. He was sent an eye chart with a piece of string, so he knew how far away to stand from the eye chart.
His sight loss has been a challenge everyday but he doesn’t want to let it define him.
Without innovation such as this from Moorfields, Andy would have had to wait over two years between eye tests. Instead, he is benefitting from prescribed vision aids that he otherwise would not have been able to access.
Thank you to Andy and all his wonderful friends and family who so generously donated to his Eye to Eye 2022 fundraising- Andy raised an incredible £1,265! We love having you as part of #TeamMoorfields.
I want to give something back for the care, understanding and treatment I have had and continue to receive from Moorfields.