Fight for Sight to take part in ICAP Charity Day and launch the ICAP Global Challenge Fund

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18 October 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight is delighted to be among 26 charities that have been selected by ICAP to take part in their huge global fundraising initiative.

On 10 December 2019, ICAP and its brokers will donate 100% of their global revenue and commission to the charities taking part. Last year on this day the company raised an incredible £4.5m across their global offices.

Many celebrities and ambassadors will help ICAP brokers on the day to close exciting deals both over the phone and through their electronic platforms. Previous famous guests at ICAP Giving Day include the Royals, Jonathon Ross, Mo Farah, and Jamie Oliver.

ICAP Charity Day with celebrity Richard Ayoade
ICAP Charity Day with celebrity Richard Ayoade

Director of Fundraising at Fight for Sight, Ikram Dahman said: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen to take part in ICAP Charity Day – it is an honour to be part of such a long-standing global day of fundraising. Thanks to ICAP, this one day of fundraising promises to change the lives of countless people with age-related macular degeneration, which is the most prevalent cause of sight loss in the UK. At Fight for Sight we are determined that sight loss is not inevitable and ICAP recognises the impact that they can have by supporting our revolutionary science for transformational change for people with sight loss, both now and in the future.”

With ICAP’s support, Fight for Sight will launch the ICAP Global Challenge Fund to address one of the most prevalent causes of sight loss in the world – age-related macular degeneration. The Fund will be the first of its kind and aims to discover potential new treatments for this devastating eye disease, bringing hope and answers to millions of people worldwide.

AMD is an extremely common cause of severe sight loss in adults and can develop very rapidly, sometimes in both eyes. The disease causes loss of central vision which often has a huge impact on daily life.

Currently, sight lost to AMD cannot be reversed. Sadly, the only treatment for some AMD patients are painful, routine injections directly into the eye which are not always effective at slowing progression of the disease.

The ICAP Global Challenge Fund will support an ambitious piece of work to understand the earlier stages of the disease and to help develop a ground-breaking intervention or pioneering treatment. Not only could the project potentially improve the prognosis for people affected, it can ultimately help us to prevent severe vision loss associated with the disease for adults worldwide.

Via a robust and open competitive process, Fight for Sight will invite the scientific research community to apply for funding to deliver on our aims, ensuring that we attract the most expert scientists who can support our ambitious goal. The award will be made to a highly motivated PhD student in ophthalmic and vision research who has passed an intensive two-stage peer-review process assessed on scientific merit and supporting evidence.

For more information about Fight for Sight’s work and how you can get involved, visit http://www.fightforsight.org.uk

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