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GOC staff raise money for eye research

2 Sep 2011

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A team of General Optical Council (GOC) staff are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for research into sight-threatening conditions when they embark on Fight for Sight’s 15 mile Carrots Nightwalk on 23 September.

The money raised will contribute towards Fight for Sight’s funding of medical research into sight-threatening conditions. Fight for Sight funding has helped to save the sight of premature babies, establish the UK Corneal Transplant Service enabling over 48,000 transplants, and support the world’s first gene therapy clinical trial for inherited retinal disease.

Chief executive and registrar Samantha Peters said: “For the vast majority of people, sight is the sense they fear losing the most. Not all sight loss is currently preventable, which is why Fight for Sight’s research funding is so important to help find new ways of diagnosing, preventing and treating eye conditions.

“We’re all looking forward to seeing the sights of London at night, but more importantly we’ll be raising money to help people save their sight.”

You can sponsor the GOC team by visiting


For media enquiries please contact:
Clare March
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473

Notes for editors:
1. You can read more about the Carrots Nightwalk at

2. The GOC staff completing the walk are: Mandy Bainger, Laura Cressey, Paul Gavin, Simon Grier, Laura Hytti, Nikki King, Irina Miksa, Samantha Peters and Grahame Tinsley

About the General Optical Council:
The GOC is the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Its purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, performance and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 24,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.


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