The Carrots NightWalks are popular night-time sponsored walks organised by Fight for Sight to help raise funds for research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease. Each year the event attracts hundreds of walkers to a 6 or 15 mile moonlit walk round Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow and London.
Fight for Sight collaborated with other 9 other sight loss charities who all entered teams in the four wallks: Birdshot Uveitis Society, Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, the International Glaucoma Association, Nystagmus Network, Olivia's Vision, RP Fighting Blindness, Uveitis Information Group, the British Thyroid Foundation and Thyroid Eye Disease Charitable Trust.
As Julian Jackson, Director of Development and Marketing at Fight for Sight, points out: '1.8 million people in the UK are currently living with sight loss and every day 100 people more start losing their sight. As the population ages, these numbers are expected to soar. Through the incredible fundraising efforts of our wonderful walkers and supporters, we will be able to continue to bring hope to millions of people living with visual impairment.'
Sight is the sense that people value the most, yet it's often taken for granted. Walkers will take in some of Britain's most spectacular night-time sights, reminding themselves and others just how much the ability to see is valued.
We are delighted that 28 walkers took part for BTF in 2013 and raised almost £4,500. All this money went towards research into thyroid eye disease.
BTF would like to thank all the people who took part in the walks in 2013 and 2014 to support BTF this year and also of course all those who generously made donations. A special thanks to Helen from BTF HQ who made the fantastic costumes for the Roots in Boots team!