Ian Turner is a man who loves a challenge. To raise money for the Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital, over the past two years he has completed a manual wheelchair from his home in Pagham - a distance of four miles, and he has twice swam four miles in open sea between Pagham Beach and Mulberry Harbout, using just his arms. The reason he keeps on challenging himself is to help his beloved grandson, Sidney, who was born with the genetic condition, Nance-Horan Syndrome, which causes blindness and autism. Sidney has had numerous operations at Moorfields and Great Ormond Street Hospital and will continue to need further treatment in the future. He is registered blind and has special needs.
It was an honour for Moorfields Eye Charity to be invited to Pagham Yacht Club to receive the latest donation, presented by Sidney himself. This donation takes Ian's fundraising efforts to over £7,000 to date. He is already planning his next fundraising adventure with the aim of hitting the £10,000 target he has set himself - skydiving has been mentioned, so watch this space.
Ian is a very modest man who won't boast about his remarkable efforts. However it is without doubt, he is an inspiration to us all - not letting his own disabilities get in the way of doing everything he can to fundraise tirelessly for Moorfields Eye Charity, for the benefit of Sidney and all other children who are treated at Moorfields Eye Hospital.