An Abbots Langley resident continues to go the extra mile to beat the UK’s biggest cause of sight loss by hosting a stall at Kings Langley Carnival.
Mark Cooper, 47, will be hosting a stall at the carnival on Saturday, September 18, encouraging residents to take part in a raffle to support charity Macular Society.
Proceeds from the stall and raffle will go solely to the charity who are the only UK charity solely focused on funding research into macular disease.
Mark was inspired to fundraise for the charity in honour of his mum who has age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common form of macular disease.
He said: “Although my mum is coping really well it upsets her that she cannot babysit the grandkids in the evening as much as she used to because she cannot drive once it gets dark. She is also starting to get a little anxious about what will happen to her eyesight in the future.”
Mark will also be taking on the London Marathon on October 3 in the hope to raise £2,000 for the charity.
He added: “I ran the Watford half-marathon 25 years ago with my mum but never the London Marathon. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime challenge. I’ll probably never do it again because I wanted to make it so special by running for my mum and the charity.
“Also, with no cure to date, exposure and awareness of the public is essential to stop this isolating disease.”
Donate to Mark’s fundraising here.