Nystagmus Network (NN) News release
For immediate release, 11 February 2013
Premier league footballer is new patron of sight charity
A Barclays Premier League footballer has accepted the invitation to become a patron of the leading charity that supports families and adults with the complex eye condition nystagmus.
West Bromwich Albion’s Steven Reid contacted Nystagmus Network (NN) when his young Son Harry was diagnosed with nystagmus. After meeting other families at the NN Open Day, Steven noted the work the charity does in supporting parents and education workers to improve conditions in schools, so that children with nystagmus can achieve all their aims.
Steven began actively fundraising for NN in February 2012 by auctioning some of his football memorabilia. Fellow players, Baggies supporters and NN members have contributed to an impressive total of around £7,500. Steven has also shown great generosity towards many other supporters of the charity. The trustees of Nystagmus Network were so impressed they invited Steven to become a patron.
Steven Reid said:
“It’s an honour and privilege to become a Patron for Nystagmus Network who are doing a great job in raising awareness, funds and helping tackle the condition.. With my own son Harry having the condition it’s a charity close to my heart and hopefully I can continue to help in any way possible to raise awareness of the great work that all at Nystagmus Network are doing.”
Richard Wilson, Chair Nystagmus Network, said:
“Steven has been a great supporter of the Nystagmus Network. We are delighted he has become our patron to help us raise awareness of this eye condition and really make a difference to people with nystagmus."
For further information contact:
Steve McKay, Press officer
Tel: 01626 206726
John Sanders, Information and development manager
Tel: 029 2045 4242 or 0845 634 2630
Notes to Editors:
- The attached image shows Steven Reid at the Nystagmus Network Open Day, in October 2012.
- Nystagmus means involuntary movements of the eyes.
- Nystagmus Network was set up in 1984 to support the 1 in 1,000 support people with nystagmus and encourage research into the condition. Nystagmus Network is a registered charity (number 803440). Sir James Galway and Steven Reid are patrons of NN.
- Teachers of visually impaired children report that more than half the children they work with have nystagmus.
- Nystagmus Network has over 600 members and was the first support group in the world for people with nystagmus.
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