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Hadfield mum's challenge to support charity which has helped her family

CHARITY HELP: Sarah Mills' daughter Delilah with the Nystagmus Network's mascots.

A Hadfield woman is running 62 miles in one day to raise money for a sight loss charity.

Sarah Mills’ daughter Delilah was diagnosed with Nystagmus when she was just six months old. 

Sarah is now taking part in the Peak District Challenge to support the charity which has helped her family.

Sarah said: “Nystagmus is a condition whereby a person suffers with involuntary, uncontrollable eye movements leading to vision problems. 

“The condition can often make someone’s eyes look like they are shaking, moving quickly either from side to side, up and down, or in a circular motion. 

“The charity Nystagmus Network has been an amazing source of support and information and we have learnt so much.”

She added: “When we were first told about the condition we had never heard about it and it was very scary. My aim through running and charity events is to spread awareness and educate so more people are aware that this eye condition exists. 

“The charity has been massively hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, as a huge chunk of their income comes from sponsorship and charity work.”

Sarah is hoping to raise at least £300 as well as raising awareness about the condition. She is also running a raffle at the same time, with prizes donated by local companies to support the ‘Love Glossop, Support Local’ campaign.

Prizes include a drinks voucher from Harvey Leonard’s in Glossop and a large food box from the Green Box Company.

Sarah added: “Six-year-old Delilah is an absolute firecracker. Nothing can stop her and, with the fantastic support at St Charles’ School and her visual support worker, nothing stands in her way. 

“Friends and family have been so kind and generous over the years with donating. This time I wanted to give something back.

“I thought about a raffle involving local companies and businesses. I have been truly amazed with kindness and support. 

“The price of a raffle ticket is £5. Therefore for every £5 donation made on my Just Giving page it will be one ticket; £10 - two tickets and so on.

“If the donator wants to be anonymous, my email address will be on there to contact me directly and secure their raffle ticket.”

The Peak District Challenge is taking place on July 3.

You can support Sarah at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sarah-mills54 

The raffle will be drawn after July 3.

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