Penelope Wilton presented CBM's Radio 4 Appeal to save sight

Penelope Wilton Actress.

On Sunday 19th June, Downton Abbey and BFG star, Penelope Wilton presented our BBC Radio 4 appeal to raise vital funds to prevent child blindness in Tanzania

"It is shocking to think that children in East Africa are going blind because they can't afford a simple operation that, in the UK, we treat as routine", explains Penelope.

"I can't imagine what it must be like to see your child losing their sight - to see them struggling to learn, to play, to explore the world. And if you're living in poverty in a country like Tanzania, where keeping your child safe and healthy is already a struggle, it must be truly terrifying because in poor communities losing your sight too often means losing the chance to go to school or to earn a living as an adult. That's why I'm pleased to be supporting CBM's work saving children's sight in Tanzania by presenting their BBC Radio 4 Appeal. I hope you'll listen and support this vital work. "

Donations to our BBC Radio 4 appeal will help to identify and treat children with eye problems in Tanzania early, so that their sight can be saved.

Up to half of childhood blindness can be avoided if a child is treated early in life for diseases or conditions like cataracts. Some children are born with cataracts, or develop them early in life. The condition can be treated with simple surgery, costing less than £100, but many families living in poverty in Tanzania don't know treatment is available, cannot afford it, or can't travel many hours to the nearest specialist clinic. Read Abraham's story here.

Listen again to listen to Penelope's appeal on BBC Radio 4 bbc.co.uk/radio4/appeal.

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