Vikki and her husband, Tom, were the very first to sign up to abseil down from the 262 feet high viewing platform at the ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Vikki’s family have been members and supporters of the Nystagmus Network for many years. Parents, Peter and Lynne, even organised the entire Nystagmus Network open day one year.
Every penny the couple raise will go directly into nystagmus research at Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College London (UCL) Institute of Ophthalmology.
Vikki and Tom wanted to share their story and explain why they are raising money for Nystagmus:
Nystagmus affects 1 in 1000 people, and is the most common form of visual impairment among children.
I (Vicki) was born with Nystagmus, and though it has been a condition that has caused a few bumps along the way, with the support of family, friends and Nystagmus Network, I've adapted adult life to suit my wobbly eyes!
However, this wasn't always the case, and growing up with wobbly eyes in a not-so-wobbly world is extremely challenging. As awareness and understanding of Nysagmus improves, so does the quality of life for those who struggle with it.
On 23 September 2018 we will be abseiling 262 feet off the top of the Orbit at the Olympic Park to raise funds for the charity Nystagmus network.
Please support us and help us raise awareness in any way you can, every penny counts!
A note from Tom:
I don't remember agreeing to this, but anything for my wife and a good cause!
I'm incredibly proud of Vik and how she handles her eyesight, and Nystagmus network have been absolutely essential in supporting Vik throughout her life - please give generously to them, and thank you for any support you can provide.
A bit more info on the cause from Vicki:
The particular research this abseil will be funding is in partnership with Moorfields Eye Hospital, and will investigate Nystagmus in relation to Visual Crowding - an area which causes me issues most days!
Additionally, donations will be funding research at UCL into the use of magnetic implants to control the rapid eye movements in people with Nystagmus acquired later in life.
Each of these could directly improve the day to day lives of children learning to live in a wobbly eyed world, and older age groups who have developed the condition.
If you would like to join #TeamNystagmus or find out more information about Nystagmus, please contact Nystagmus Network today.
If you would like to join us for the abseil, please visit our page: https://www.moorfieldseyecharity.org.uk/abseil-moorfields
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