Dear members, supporters and friends,
Welcome to the first Visionaries newsletter of 2021, I hope it finds you and yours healthy and well.
Although we find ourselves in another lockdown, there is hope on the horizon and I hope everyone we work with receives their vaccine in good time.
2021 got off to a great start for Fighting Blindness when Eric Beggs – our cover star – was crowned an AXA Community Hero.
The five AXA Community Heroes winners were announced by Ryan Tubridy live on the Late Late Show on Friday 29 January, with each winner securing €20,000 for a charity of their choice.
We nominated Eric for his outstanding dedication to Fighting Blindness and you can read more on page 11. Congratulations Eric!
Continuing the good news, I’m delighted to let you know we secured an RTÉ Does Comic Relief grant at the end of 2020. This grant will fund the purchase of a new system that will enable us to manage our current clients more effectively and increase our client relationship management capacity. It’s great news for the Support team and our service users.
In the last edition of Visionaries I asked for your help with our Luxturna campaign. Lots of you contacted your local TD and several questions were tabled on the issue. This is a fantastic outcome and we need to keep it up. If you haven’t already, please contact your local representative and help us make this cure a reality.
Although I don’t wish to end my message on a sad note, I hope you will join me in wishing our Head of Research, Dr Laura Brady, farewell.
After nearly five years leading our research department, Laura is moving onto pastures new.
We’re very sorry to lose a great colleague but we wish her the very best of luck of her next venture. Laura forged great relationships with everyone from members to service users to pharmaceutical partners – she’ll be greatly missed.
We are currently recruiting for a Research Manager and we hope to introduce them to you in the next edition of Visionaries.