About us

Fight Against Blindness was founded and registered with the Charity Commission in 2008.


Patron - Mrs Julie Spence OBE QPM DL

Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire


Vice Patron - Sir Hugh Duberly  KVCO, CBE

Vice Patron - Mr Benjamyn H Damazar JP DL

Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire


There are six trustees including the chairman who has supported charity work and fundraising for the blind for over twenty years.  All trustees are unpaid volunteers.


The charity funds paediatric Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), diagnostic test equipment for pre-verbal children with sight loss and gene testing for children with sight loss. This work is not carried out by any other charity.  The charity disseminates the useful results of its work for the benefit of the public.


A key objective of the charity is to help children affected by sight loss and their families cope with the difficulties and choices they have to make.  Sight loss is devastating to children as it is very hard for them to cope with the prospect of progressive (and often aggressive) visual deterioration, especially so for the older children who often cannot come to terms with being "different" from their peers.  Sight loss severely impacts the life choices that children and families have to make including education, social exclusion problems, choice of career and place of residence.


Our work includes helping children with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), which  is the largest untreatable cause of hereditary blindness in children and young adults in the UK.  Presently there is no treatment that can cure it or stop its progress .   Parents may not know the type of RP they or their children have, how aggressive it might be, how it involves the wider family, or if it has been passed on to their grandchildren.  This is why gene testing is so important because it can identify faulty genes, and consequently the RP type, its severity and hereditary pattern.  Gene testing also provides research scientists the materials for their work and the vital direct link to people who will be cured as therapies become available.


Statement from Clive Fisher – CEO


 “As we all appreciate, losing one’s eyesight is an extremely difficult and debilitating experience.  Most of us know somebody with visual impairment and so understand how hard it is to cope.  In particular, we know how those affected can be robbed of their independence, livelihood and career choice if they are of working age.  Sight loss is particularly devastating to children as it is very hard for them to cope with visual deterioration.  Our work includes children with Retinitis Pigmentosa, or RP for short, which is a hereditary eye disease where in many cases, people become blind over a number of years, starting in childhood.  It can be aggressive and is the largest cause of untreatable hereditary blindness in children, young adults and those of working age.  There is no cure at this time.


It is very hard for families to be given a diagnosis that affects children and have to cope with the prospect of progressive visual deterioration, especially so for the older children who often cannot come to terms with being "different" from their peers.  Here, the charity supports young children with early onset retinal dystrophy and older children with a new diagnosis by funding Cognitive  Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and gene testing.  The charity also helps fund research to cure eye disease.”