21-year-old Tadley man who suddenly went blind raises hundreds for the charity that helped him (From Andover Advertiser)
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21-year-old Tadley man who suddenly went blind raises hundreds for the charity that helped him
A YOUNG man who suddenly went blind has raised hundreds of pounds for a sight loss charity which has given him support.
As previously reported in The Gazette, 21-year-old Sam Appleton lost his sight within a matter of months last summer due to an extremely rare disease, Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON).
The genetic condition can cause the optic nerve to atrophy and causes a sudden onset of sight loss and blindness.
It affects only around 1,500 people in the UK.
Sam, of Hangar Road, Tadley, was forced to leave his job as a carpenter but he has since retrained as a masseur, having taken a course at Basingstoke College of Technology.
He has set up his own company – Blind Sensations – and through that company has raised more than £500 for sight loss charity Open Sight, which has supported him in getting back to work.
He raised the money by offering clients massages at Halo Hair Design in Basingstoke and The Serenity Centre in Ramsdell in exchange for a donation to Open Sight.
Sam said: “Open Sight has helped me with grants for computer equipment and supported me and my family with lots of advice. I used my massage as a way to give something back.”
Open Sight family support officer Jenny Collins said they were delighted that Sam had chosen to raise money for the charity.
She said: “We were overwhelmed by Sam’s generous donation and are extremely proud of what he has achieved.”
For more information about Blind Sensations visit blindsensations-tadley. co.uk.
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