Julian Jackson was joined on his Big Blind Walk on Friday 11 May by Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, a long standing advocate of the prevention and treatment of eye disease. As Global Ambassador for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and Patron of Vision 2020, Her Royal Highness is firmly committed to eradicating avoidable blindness and supporting research into eye disease.

Julian Jackson with HRH The Countess of Wessex on the Big Blind Walk

Picture: Julian Jackson with HRH The Countess of Wessex

Julian is also delighted to have received a huge amount of interest in joining him on his journey from other supporters. He will be joined at different points by bands of supporters from all four corners of the nation, including patients, eye health professionals, academic researchers and clinicians, soldiers in Scotland and Buddhist monks in Carlisle.

Julian commented: “I am thrilled to be embarking on this journey to raise money for our charity partner the National Eye Research Centre and to be joined by Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex for a stretch of the route. For too long, research into eye disease has remained under the radar in the UK. I will be tackling difficult terrains, environments and gradients on this walk, but the biggest challenge here will be drawing attention to the lack of funding being put into eye research. Sight loss can affect anyone and the worst part is that in some cases it could be completely avoidable.”

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