Haywards Heath-based charity, Sightsavers took on The Standard Chartered Great City Race in London on July 10.
Sightsavers had a dedicated team of five runners, the fastest being John Farrant who finished the race in 21 minutes and 42 seconds. He said: “It was great to be part of such a big event raising money to tackle avoidable blindness around the world. I’m really pleased with my time, especially as I did not do any specific training for the race. It’s probably the only time that I’ll be able to say that I beat Paula Radcliffe!”
This year marked the 11th anniversary of Sightsavers’ relationship with Standard Chartered. In 2003 the bank launched a global community investment programme, called Seeing is Believing, choosing Sightsavers to be one of its partners. Through Seeing is Believing, Standard Chartered has raised over $37 million in support of eye care.
To date, Seeing is Believing has supported Sightsavers’ sight saving work in Africa and Asia, improving the lives of over 45 million people living in some of the world’s poorest communities.