The gift of sight can cost just £30

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - Joanna Lum­ley Sightsavers am­bas­sador

READER Jan­ice Franklin took this close-up photo of a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to her gar­den in Bel­mont Close, Uxbridge.

The squir­rel ven­tured close to the pa­tio doors and looks like he is pray­ing with thanks for I AM an am­bas­sador of Sightsavers, the char­ity that works to pre­vent and cure blind­ness in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. Sightsavers has pledged to make ‘A Mil­lion Mir­a­cles’ hap­pen in some of the world’s poor­est coun­tries by rais­ing enough to fund one mil­lion sight restor­ing oper­a­tions, and I would love your read­ers have the chance to make a real dif­fer­ence to some­one’s life this Christ­mas.

A cataract op­er­a­tion takes around 10 min­utes and costs Sightsavers just £30. What’s more, un­til 15 De­cem­ber the UK Gov­ern­ment is match­ing all do­na­tions to this ap­peal – dou­bling the im­pact of read­ers’ seeds, ei­ther that or ex­press­ing a thank you to Jan­ice for shoe­ing away his pi­geon ri­vals.

Send us your pho­tos from around the bor­ough to steve. bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com and don’t forget to in­clude your de­tails.

gen­eros­ity. I have been sup­port­ing Sightsavers for many years and have wit­nessed the in­cred­i­ble im­pact of the char­ity’s work first-hand in Bangladesh. There is noth­ing more awe-in­spir­ing and ac­tu­ally tear­jerk­ing than watch­ing a child’s face the mo­ment he sees his mother’s face for the first time. Th­ese sight-saving oper­a­tions are life-chang­ing. So with this in mind, I would urge read­ers to help Sightsavers per­form a Christ­mas mir­a­cle by do­nat­ing £30, or what­ever they can, and give the gift of sight at mil­lion­mir­a­cles.org. It would be a truly won­der­ful Christ­mas present: the chance to change the life of a per­fect stranger for the bet­ter. Thank you so very much.

Warm­est good wishes,

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