Help give the gift of sight

Sunderland Echo - - Opinion -

I am writ­ing to let peo­ple know about Sight­savers A Mil­lion Mir­a­cle’s fundrais­ing cam­paign that I am sup­port­ing.

The cam­paign aims to fund one mil­lion cataract op­er­a­tions that will re­store, save and pro­tect peo­ple’s sight in some of the poor­est parts of the world.

I was lucky enough to visit Mad­hya Pradesh, In­dia, in July, with the Sight­savers team and see how the cam­paign and its fund­ing is be­ing put in to ac­tion.

I saw adults and chil­dren be­ing as­sessed in health clin­ics, hav­ing cataracts surgery and at home fol­low­ing treat­ment.

It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to see lives be­ing re­stored with such sim­ple treat­ment, which comes at such a low cost.

I am ask­ing donors and mem­bers of the pub­lic to do­nate to the Sight­savers cataract work and help reach the fi­nal mir­a­cle.

The sum of £30 can en­able an adult to have a cataract op­er­a­tion and change their life com­pletely.

Money raised from this ap­peal will be matched by the UK Govern­ment, pound for pound, un­til Jan­uary 9 so your gift will go even fur­ther this Christ­mas.

The matched fund­ing will go to­wards Sight­savers’ projects in Pak­istan and Bangladesh.

Visit https://do­nate. sight­savers.org/smx­pa­tron/uk/do­nate.html to do­nate and sup­port the work of Sight­savers. Me­lanie Sykes, Am­bas­sador, Sight­savers

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