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Diane Louise Jordan supports Christmas appeal to save sight and bring colour to a child’s world

Posted on: Monday, November 14th, 2022

Television presenter Diane Louise Jordan has added her voice to CBM’s Christmas fundraising campaign to save sight and bring colour to a child’s world.  

Every day, children living in poverty become needlessly blind because of conditions like cataracts that can be easily treated. Donations this Christmas will enable children with vision problems access sight-restoring surgery, glasses and support – bringing colour, light and opportunity into their lives.

Diane, well known for presenting iconic BBC shows Blue Peter and Songs of Praise, speaks about her support for the campaign and why she’s so passionate about preventing avoidable blindness:

“A couple of years ago, I had the chance to visit CBM’s sight-saving work in East Africa and I saw what living with cataracts means for children. How they miss out on school, often struggling even to leave the house, without someone to guide them. But I also witnessed how a straightforward operation can transform a child’s life. I will never forget the moment when I witnessed a little boy see for the first time in his life after cataract surgery. I saw the joy on his face, and the relief in his parents’ eyes.”

CBM’s Christmas campaign features eight-year-old Yogendra from Nepal, who lost his sight as a result of cataracts. Cataracts can be treated with straightforward surgery, but Yogendra’s family, like so many others living in poverty, could not afford the operation to restore their son’s sight.

Diane continues: “As a mum and a grandmother, I can’t imagine what it’s like for parents like Yogendra’s to watch your child lose their sight. Seeing them struggle – when treatment is available but out of reach. But there is hope, thanks to organisations like CBM – and wonderful supporters like you. So I know that times are hard for many of us this year. But if you can, I do hope you will join me supporting CBM’s work this Christmas. Sight-restoring cataract surgery can cost less than £100 for a child – but will have a life-changing impact for a child like Yogendra. “

To donate or find out more about our Christmas appeal click here or call our friendly phone team on 0800 567 7000 to save sight & bring colour to a child’s world this Christmas.