Keeping an eye on blind charity work

My week in Westminster by Eric Ollerenshaw
My week in Westminster by Eric Ollerenshaw

LAST week in Westminster I met with the Royal National Institute for the Blind, (RNIB) at a parliamentary reception to learn more about the work that they do supporting and campaigning for blind and partially sighted people.

I also took the opportunity to discuss with them the availability of cataract surgery to people in Fleetwood.

While other areas are reporting delays and cuts to cataract surgery, I was pleased to learn that our local Primary Care Trust, North Lancashire PCT, is continuing to provide patients with treatment in line with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ guidelines. However, other PCTs in the region have implemented restrictive policies, so this is a situation I will be monitoring carefully.

Everyday around 100 people in the UK start to lose their sight and there are around 2 million people in the UK with sight problems.

RNIB is the leading charity working in the UK offering practical support, advice and information for anyone with sight difficulties.

If you, or someone you know, has a sight problem RNIB can help by either calling their Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit their website at

I was also delighted to be asked to start this year’s Cancer Research charity walk, the annual six mile walk from Fleetwood to Cleveleys and back.

The local volunteers and organisers do a fantastic job in raising funds for this very worthy cause and I was pleased to hear that despite the strong winds everybody managed to complete the course.