For the second time Claire Norgate and her family will be taking on the Eye To Eye walk and enjoying the “overwhelming atmosphere” after taking place in the 2016 walk. Read Claire’s story below to learn more about why she will be joining the walk, and please visit her JustGiving page to support her fundraising.
“Two years ago I struggled with what I thought was a severe migraine - however after noticing I had a blind spot in left eye my father made see my optician who immediately sent me to Moorfields A&E.
Despite being Christmas time I was seen within hours and referred to clinic 15 - Dr Lightman’s team. After weeks of visits with the lovely consultants and several blood tests, x-rays and eye scans I was diagnosed with Multifocal choroiditis (MFC) and Acute Zonal Occult Outer Retinopathy (AZOOR). Unfortunately I was too late to recover the loss of sight that had already occurred and the cause was never found, except that it is an autoimmune condition.
I was advised that the eye condition is rare and the future of my sight isunknown. Initially I was heartbroken and frightened as I have two young beautiful daughters and the thought of not waking up to their gorgeous faces scared and upset me, but due to the care and treatment from the staff at Moorfields I am currently stable.
I now take every day as it comes and am truly thankful for what I can see.
I currently visit Moorfields every 12 weeks and I breathe a sigh of relief when no new active cell damage has occured.
To thank Moorfields, my husband Andrew and I walked the 14 mile Eye to Eye walk in 2016 and I raised £680 and my husband raised £490.
The atmosphere on the day was overwhelming, meeting many people (and their dogs) with such different eye conditions all being helped by Moorfields. Everyone is so friendly and chatty, the walk whizzed past. Seeing Lords, Camden, London Zoo, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and many major London sights was fantastic and worth the walk alone. The buzz crossing the finishing line was amazing knowing we could give something back and raise awareness.
My eldest daughter Olivia (11) asked this year if she could walk with me so we are doing the shorter four mile course together as she has been by my side throughout this journey and wanted to say thank you too. My husband and youngest daughter Phoebe (7) will be waiting at the end to cheer everyone on. We have already raised £265 and have been so amazed by people’s generosity as this is the second time we are asking for support.
It’s a great and fun way to appreciate the sights of London, meet people and raise people’s awareness for the hospital that helps people with eye conditions. People often take their sight for granted and Moorfields Hospital try to ensure this is the case for as many people as they can. Please donate to our JustGiving page or directly to Moorfields Eye Charity to help further studies and research at Moorfields Hospital.
Thanks from the Norgate girls,Claire and Olivia”