A big thank you to everyone that came to visit our garden during the Chichester Art Trail. The weather gods played ball we had over 200 visitors with many taking the chance to have a sit down with a cuppa and cake and enjoy the views.
We did a roaring trade in tea, coffee and cakes and have donated the money to the Himalayan Cataract Project, based in Nepal, a country that we have a great affection for.
The Himalayan region has one of the highest rates of cataract blindness in the world. In Nepal, cataracts represent 70% of unnecessary blindness. In the mountainous villages the blindness often causes families to go hungry with parents unable to work in the fields, collect firewood or even walk along the precipitous paths due to blindness.
The Himalayan Cataract Project was co-founded by doctors Sanduk Ruit and Geoff Tabin. The project sets up temporary eye surgery centres in remote villages. Patients stagger and grope their way along mountain trails, hoping to go under the doctors scalpel and see loved ones again. The operation is a simple, takes five minutes and costs £30. A day after the doctors operate to remove cataracts, bandages are pulled off — and, lo! They can see clearly. At first tentatively, then jubilantly, patients gaze about. A few hours later, they walk home, able to return to normal life and provide for their families.
We really enjoyed the chance to chat about our work, find out what people thought, and get ideas for future pieces.
Hope to see you all next year.
For more information on The Himalayan Cataract Project visit – www.cureblindness.org