Hope to Seaview 2018
Posted on: Wednesday 3 October 2018
After years in the works, the inaugural ‘Hope to Seaview’ fundraising event took place on Sunday 10th June on the Isle of White and was a huge success! Organised by RP Fighting Blindness Trustee Colin McArthur and his wife Linda, 70 amazing people took part to raise money and awareness of inherited sight loss conditions, by either walking a 12-mile route along the coastal path or cycling 50 miles around the island. Everyone paid to enter and many also collected sponsorship or made donations, all of which will go towards our research fund.
I travelled down with my colleague Laura to support at the event and we were both incredibly impressed. It was a lovely sunny day and spirits were high as everyone gathered at the Salix café on Small Hope Beach in Shanklin first thing in the morning. A DJ provided the music and the walkers were waved off by the Town Crier and Jennie Lindon, star of films including Women in Love and Dr Who and the Daleks. The group took off on their walk, with several participants doing stints blindfolded with a guide. Mari, owner of the Salix, even walked the whole 12 miles blindfolded! There were plenty of stops along the way and chances for Laura and me to speak to everyone and offer our grateful thanks.
At the end of the route in Seaview, the Town Crier welcomed everybody back and each walker received a medal and certificate. Everyone was feeling proud of themselves and pleased to have taken part in such an enjoyable and well-organised event. A massive congratulations and thank you go to Colin and Linda, Mari and Mark from the Salix and everyone who worked hard to make this event happen. We look forward to finding out how much was raised and seeing whether this becomes an annual event!