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Many people unaware that smoking causes blindness

A recent survey has revealed that 53 per cent of people are not aware that smoking causes blindness. The survey was conducted by the Macular Society in the lead up to Macular Week (26 June – 2 July), which raises awareness of the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK – age-related macular degeneration (AMD). According to the Macular Society, smoking is the biggest ‘modifiable’ risk factor when it comes to AMD, with smokers up to four times more likely to develop the condition. Passive smoking can also have an impact on your eye health. During Macular Week...

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New Visually Impaired Women’s Group launched

A Visually Impaired Women’s Group has been launched to help improve networks in the community. Croydon Vision hosted the launch event of the new Visually Impaired (VI) Women’s Group, which was organised in collaboration with Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT), on Wednesday 14th June. The group’s aim is to improve activities and socialisation opportunities for women in the local and surrounding boroughs. Alex Pepper, Thomas Pocklington Trust Project Coordinator, said the event was a success with a great turnout from a number of London boroughs. “There was a very positive vibe in the room throughout the day with lots of laughter...

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Congratulations to Marsha de Cordova!

We are thrilled for Thomas Pocklington Trust’s Marsha de Cordova who has been elected as an MP in the General Election. Marsha, our Engagement and Advocacy Director, has been elected to represent the constituency of Battersea. In her victory speech last night, Marsha said: “As a visually-impaired person myself, I feel passionately about the rights of disabled people. Accessibility in our public places and on public transport still falls short of what is reasonable. I will use my time in parliament to lobby for improvements in these areas. In the fifth richest country in the world, there can be...

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CEO Blog June

I am delighted that Keith Valentine, Thomas Pocklington Trust’s Deputy Chief Executive, has been appointed as Chief Executive of Vision UK, the new unified umbrella body for the Eye Health and Sight Loss Sector. This is an exciting new chapter in collaboration across the sector, bringing together some of the organisations that have been working side-by-side but separately until now. It’s something that I have personally been working hard to achieve over the last few months and I’m delighted to see it now coming to fruition. This is only the beginning of this exciting new chapter and there will...

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Keith Valentine appointed to lead new organisation for collaboration across the eye health and sight loss sectors

Keith Valentine, Deputy CEO of Thomas Pocklington Trust and RNIB Trustee, has been appointed as the CEO of new organisation Vision UK. Vision UK will support the delivery of a new collaborative ambition for change across the eye health and sight loss sectors. It will bring together the work of the UK Vision Strategy, VISION 2020 UK and the England Vision Strategy, and will work with partners from across the eye health and sight loss sectors to deliver an agreed set of UK-wide ambitions and priority areas. Keith has a background in leading urban renewal programmes but, as his...

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