18th Nov, 2017

Mum and dad fund-raise for hospital that helped save daughter's sight

Stratford Editorial 2nd Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A MUM and dad are tirelessly fund-raising to help support the hospital which saved their daughter’s sight.

Stratford youngster Charlotte Richards was unable to walk and found herself in terrible pain as a five-year-old.

She was initially diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and put on a chemotherapy treatment but started to lose the vision in her right eye.

Doctors then discovered she had Uveitis – an inflammation of the eye – which eventually caused her to go blind on her right side.

And after much searching, her worried parents eventually discovered a consultant in London who they believed could help their daughter.

She was referred to the Evelina London Children’s Hospital where she underwent surgery on her eye, which fortunately managed to restore her vision.

Mum Tamsin told the Observer: “Charlotte can see now with the help of a strong contact lens and her arthritis is also under control thanks to her treatment.

“While neither Uveitis or the arthritis have a cure, Charlotte is able to lead a normal life and for this we are eternally grateful.”

Charlotte, who is now seven, still has to spend a lot of time at the hospital while she undergoes treatment.

But when she is at home – with mum Tamsin, dad John and her ten-year-old brother James – she lives life to the full, even going to school at The Croft in Alveston.

And to say thank you to the Evelina staff for saving their daughter’s eyesight, Charlotte’s parents plan to undertake a series of fund-raising events in aid of the hospital over the coming months.

They have already raised more than £3,000 this year from a charity tea party, raffle and running a half marathon.

Tamsin, who works for the National Farmers Union, added: “We decided to run the half marathon in London as part of the Evelina London’s fund-raising team.

“We wanted to do it as a way of saying thank you for saving Charlotte’s sight and giving her childhood back.

“Our family have been genuinely touched by the response we have had to our fund-raising and the support we have received from the people of Stratford as well as local businesses.”

The couple are set to run another half marathon later this month in a bid to add to their already impressive total.

Visit www.justgiving.com/evelina-tea-party to find out more or to donate.

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