Hamworthy couple hold fundraiser in aid of research into rare eye condition

Bournemouth Echo: Hamworthy couple hold fundraiser in aid of research into rare eye condition Hamworthy couple hold fundraiser in aid of research into rare eye condition

A COUPLE from Hamworthy held a fundraising evening in aid of life-changing research into a rare eye condition.

Rio Greenslade, 26, and Dean Argent, 28, held the event at the RNLI College for the Tommy Salisbury Choroideremia Fund after Dean was diagnosed with the condition two years ago. He says that he only learnt that he had choroideremia, a condition which is passed down by a female relative, after paying £10 at the opticians to have a photo taken of his eye.

Dean said: “When I first met Rio in 2011, she said to get my eyes tested, after I kept bumping into things.

He added: “The optician said I had perfect 20/20 vision, but offered this extra test as they do to everyone.

“They noticed the pigment of my eye was different to normal and after sending me for blood tests at Southampton Hospital, we found out that it was this condition, which affects only 100,000 people around the world.”

His partner, Rio, said: “We chose the Tommy Salisbury Choroideremia Fund as they raise money for research into the condition to help find a cure.

She added: “Dean will eventually go blind, we just don’t know when.

“He’s giving up driving this Christmas, after passing his test only a year ago, and we are downsizing so it is easier to get around the house.”

Dean says he will also be looking for a new job to support him and his family including their daughter, Leila, 1 after 12 years as a self-employed floor layer.

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5:59pm Sun 15 Dec 13

mikeymagic says...

Publish a link to your charity page and I'll donate. How refreshing to see comments such as he will be looking for another job to support his family. We need more people like you! I wish you all the best for your future and your family's.
Publish a link to your charity page and I'll donate. How refreshing to see comments such as he will be looking for another job to support his family. We need more people like you! I wish you all the best for your future and your family's. mikeymagic

8:12pm Sun 15 Dec 13

we-shall-see says...

mikeymagic wrote:
Publish a link to your charity page and I'll donate. How refreshing to see comments such as he will be looking for another job to support his family. We need more people like you! I wish you all the best for your future and your family's.
The donate button is on the top right hand side :o)

http://fightforsight
.org.uk/tommysalisbu
ryfund
[quote][p][bold]mikeymagic[/bold] wrote: Publish a link to your charity page and I'll donate. How refreshing to see comments such as he will be looking for another job to support his family. We need more people like you! I wish you all the best for your future and your family's.[/p][/quote]The donate button is on the top right hand side :o) http://fightforsight .org.uk/tommysalisbu ryfund we-shall-see

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