After coming dangerously close to losing his own sight, Simon St Leger-Harris is set to run his first ever marathon to raise funds for Friends of Bristol Eye Hospital.
Simon woke one morning in January 2009 with slightly blurred vision in his right eye. After a visit to his optician, he was sent on to Bristol Eye Hospital where he was informed he had detached retinas in both eyes. An extremely rare condition, he was sent for immediate surgery and was informed had he not been to hospital that day, he may well have lost his sight completely.
The 61 year old has now committed to the Bristol + Bath Marathon on 25 October – not only the first ever staging of the event, but St Leger-Harris’ first ever marathon.
Simon says: “My sight has now been corrected with artificial lenses and is actually better than ever before! It is difficult to find the words to adequately thank those who saved my sight, so I have since become a trustee and treasurer of the Friends of Bristol Eye Hospital to help in whatever way I can. The Friends help to pay for medical equipment, patient comforts and staff resources which would not otherwise be provided.
“I am a keen runner but have never run longer than a few half marathons. I shall complete one and only one marathon in my life and the Bristol + Bath Marathon is it.
“I am of course raising money for the Friends of Bristol Eye Hospital, but also Life Cycle/Two's Company, a Bristol-based charity which helps blind and partially sighted people go cycling on tandems and Sightsavers International, a charity that saves people's sight and assists those who have lost their sight in developing countries.
If you want to donate and help Simon’s cause check out his My Donate page.
Or, if you want to enter the Bristol + Bath Marathon, visit the event website