Sussex Charity Sightsavers Sees A Brighter 2019 Thanks For Support From Players Of People’s Postcode Lottery
Staff at Haywards Heath based charity, Sightsavers, have already had something to celebrate this new year, as they have received a £1 million funding boost thanks to the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
The £1,073,673 will enable Sightsavers to transform the lives of many more people in Africa and Asia by providing vital support to its eye health and education programmes.
89% of people with visual impairments live in low and middle-income countries where it can be difficult to get treatment for eye problems. The support from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery will ensure Sightsavers can reach people in countries like Mozambique and Mali, with essential eye health services such as cataract operations, glasses and screening for diseases like glaucoma.
Sightsavers’ Director of Major Giving, Mike Straney, who is based at the charity’s Head Office in Perrymount Road, said: “Sightsavers is grateful for the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery. By taking part in the lottery, players will be enabling us to reach even more people in some of the poorest parts of the world, with life-changing programmes that restore and protect their sight, and that will also enable children with disabilities to go to school.”
In countries like Mozambique, one of the most fragile and most under-developed countries in the world, a disproportionate number of people suffer with eye problems, over 75% of which are avoidable. However, Sightsavers is able to simply and cheaply transform the lives of individuals.
60 year old Suhura Cassimo from Mozambique had been entirely blind for three years due to cataracts in both eyes. She had given up her work as a farmer and was being supported by her sons. She stayed in her house and did not know if she would ever get her sight back. However, last year after hearing about a Sightsavers supported eye health programme on the radio, she received surgery on both eyes. Suhura has been able to get back to her farming work and is happy to be useful to her community again.
People’s Postcode Lottery’s Senior Programmes Manager, Sanjay Singh said: “We are excited to begin this new partnership with Sightsavers. This funding will aim to save sight and transform the lives of people living in some of the poorest parts of the world to access the kinds of eye care that we are so fortunate to have available here in the UK. It is estimated that there are 36 million blind people in the world with 89% of those living in developing countries. Given that 75% of blindness is avoidable we’re pleased our players can support this great charity to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote equality for people with disabilities.”
People’s Postcode Lottery is a subscription lottery that costs £10 a month and raises money for good causes across Great Britain and around the world. At least 32% of the ticket price goes to charity and players have raised more than £382 million for good causes since 2005.