Debbie Burns

Debbie Burns, one of our service users is fundraising for Newcastle Vision Support. She has recently completed the Great North 10K with incredible results. She will also be participating in the Great North Run in September 2021.

To read more about why Debbie is raising money for us or to donate, please visit the following link

Jane Armstrong

Jane Armstrong ran 10k on the 6th of October 2018 at Kielder to help raise money for NVS

Jane’s story

My name is Jane, I am 44, married to Rob, mother to two lovely girls, busy career within waste management.

After losing the ability to read and see clearly from one eye, I had surgery at the RVI having found out I had several Macular holes in the retina. This was classed as very rare in my age group and my daughters are now being monitored for it.

The operation entailed a cataract removal with an implant to replace my normal contact lense as well as a gas bubble inserted into the eye which would disperse over a 12 week period.

This was a frightening experience and made me think about people less fortunate with worse cases of vision loss and I wanted to help.

I have been fortunate to have partial success from the operation, but I do get frustrated as familiar faces are often distorted and reading a book is a challenge. My heart goes out to others that have any form of visual impairment.