National Eye Research Centre Charity Golf Day We are extremely grateful to Ian Richmond for organising a wonderful Golf Day at the Mendip Spring Golf & Country Club raising over £700 to support research into the causes of and treatments for eye disease to prevent sight loss and blindness. Ian has been a long standing supporter of the National Eye Research Centre through various individual challenge events in the past. A passionate golfer, Ian made his first ever golf event an excellent day enjoyed by eight teams and the winning team (shown in the image left to right: Tony Mellon, Jim Longmuir, John Linton and Ray Sims) snapped the top prize, a chance to play at Celtic Manor golf course, where the Ryder Cup was held in 2010. Also on the day we had great support by a number of generous sponsors including Smith & Williamson, Seeker.digital, GWS Media, Dial a geek, Clarks, Weston Dancewear, and Ann & Joy’s Florist. Ian said: “I have known and supported the charity since 2014, when I took part in a 10k and half marathon run to support NERC. I particularly love golf and I felt it was time to organise a golf fundraising day to support a great cause. Sadly, blindness and sight loss affect many more people than most of us realise. It may have been tough and taken a lot of organisation to make the #NERCGOLFDAY happen, but I loved every minute knowing the funds raised could help someone someday and an awesome way to say a big thanks to Mike Daw for the amazing work that he has done for the charity before retiring.” We are hugely grateful to Ian and to all the other golfers who came to support us on a stunning autumn day. It is only thanks to this kind of commitment that the National Eye Research Centre is able to continue to invest in much needed eye research. Over the last 30 years, we have provided over £14 million to fund the work of world class research teams across the UK. Our focus on eye research Our main focus continues to be on helping to find the answers to some of the most difficult and most fundamental questions relating to the eye, how it works on a molecular and cellular level, what happens when eye disease occurs, and how sight loss may be prevented or even reverted. The work required to find these answers relies not only on the outstanding expertise and ingenuity of world class research teams, but also on the funding needed to turn ideas into clinical results. This is a very long process and never an easy one, which is why funding is so important to increase the volume of ideas being tested which will eventually lead to clinical applications changing people’s lives for the better. Huge thanks again to Ian and to all of those who came to support us by playing a round of golf at the beautiful Mendip Spring Golf and Country Club, Bristol. With your help we can do even more. Get involved with the next charity golf day! If you are interested in signing up a golf team of 4 or providing sponsorship for the next NERC charity golf day, please email as at [email protected] and we'll keep you posted on forthcoming opportunities. And if you would like to organise a group event like Ian’s, enter an individual challenge, or get a group of friends together to raise funds for much needed eye research, please do get in touch and we will be delighted to help you. Thank you so much in advance!