National Eye Health Week 2021

Eye Health UK announced National Eye Health Week 2021 (NEHW) will run from 20 to 26 September.

The Week will aim to raise the profile of optics as it encourages the public to be ‘eye aware’ with a series of initiatives inspiring greater up-take of routine sight tests and highlighting the role healthy lifestyles play in preventing avoidable sight loss.

Despite the obvious challenges of 2020, last year’s campaign raised optics up the public health agenda with Google searches around ‘eye health’ peaking during the Week – up more than 20 per cent on the next highest point in the year.

NEHW 2020 was also effective in motivating behavior change. According to independent consumer research, three quarters (74%) of those who saw, heard or read advice about eye health during the Week said it had prompted them to act when it comes to looking after their vision and eye health.

David Cartwright, chair of Eye Health UK said: “National Eye Health Week is an important occasion for optics and has huge potential for the sector to come together to create a premier health event. We’re urging everyone with an interest in vision and eye health to get involved. The Week is a great platform for public health promotion that can benefit us all.”

Anyone interested in getting involved can register via the website. Supporters are kept up to date with regular bulletins to their inbox and free supporter resources.

https://www.visionmatters.org.uk/

K2B and C2B 2021

18th September 2021

Update from K2B/C2B: Following the news this week of the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown, the K2B Committee would like to reaffirm that we plan to hold the postponed 2020 walk on the 18th September 2021. This will of course be subject to any guidelines at the time. Hopefully the challenge will go ahead 🙂This will of course be subject to any guidelines at the time. Please pm Vision Support Barrow and District Organisers for more information.

K2B – Keswick to Barrow

Starting in Keswick, the route takes participants past the foot of Helvellyn, mountain in which King Arthur allegedly sleeps; through William Wordsworth’s Grasmere, Elterwater and The Langdales, to name but a few stunning sites; take in views of Coniston Old Man as the route passes Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin, and tackle the ascent up Kirkby Moor to the highest point of the route. Finally, head to the finish line by descending through Marton to the outskirts of Barrow-in-Furness.

The Coniston to Barrow Walk

The 21.1 mile Coniston to Barrow (C2B) Walk is also open to our younger walkers and those who would like a less rigorous route.

All walkers already registered for the 2020 walk will remain registered for 2021 and teams will remain as is. Registration will reopen in May to allow team coordinators to modify their teams and if spaces are available new walkers will be able to join.

The challenge suits walkers and runners alike. The fastest runners complete the 40.0 mile official race in just over four hours; the majority of walkers take between eight and 12 hours.

With eight official timing checkpoints along the way, as well as free drinks, food, first aid and support, you’ll be well looked after and receive a commemorative medal at the end!

You can sign up directly with the organisers by visiting their website or contact thian.brodie@vsbd.org.uk / t. 01229 440556