Uncle in kitesurf bid to aid sight research
A PERRANPORTH uncle is taking part in a 50-mile kitesurfing challenge to help save his nephew's sight.
Tom Parkin, 23, is taking part in The Big Charity Down-winder for Fight for Sight on September 13 to 14.
The challenge involves kitesurfing from Hayling Island in Hampshire to Lancing, near Bognor Regis, and will be the farthest Mr Parkin has yet managed to surf.
The electrician with S Davis Electrical Contractors in Truro was inspired to take up the challenge to help his eight-year-old nephew, Ben, a pupil at Archbishop Benson Primary School in Truro.
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Ben has choroideremia, a rare inherited eye condition that causes progressive loss of vision.
The condition tends to start as night blindness, generally in teenage boys, then progresses into tunnel vision and blindness between the ages of 20 to 30.
His uncle has only been kitesurfing for seven months and never travelled more than a few hundred metres on a single run.
Mr Parkin said: "I'm really excited about doing this challenge, especially for such a great cause.
"Currently there isn't any treatment for Ben's condition, so I'm hoping the money that I raise will help Fight for Sight get a step closer to understanding the condition and stopping others from getting it."
To donate to Tom please visit http://bit.ly/19smSP6 or for updates on the challenge please visit the Downwinder for Fight for Sight Facebook page.