Specsavers in Northallerton have joined forces with Myaware, a national eye health charity, after one of their young customers was diagnosed with a severe muscle weakening disease.
Caitlin Butterworth, who lives in Leeds, was diagnosed with myasthenia on her fourth birthday after suffering with a number of medical conditions since birth.
Myasthenia is an auto-immune condition which affects about 15 in every 100,000 people in the UK. The condition affects muscles including those which control eye and eyelid movement and is still not fully understood.
The team at Specsavers in Northallerton are aiming to raise awareness of this little known condition, as well as help drum up cash to support research that is carried out by the charity. So far the store has raised around £400.
‘It’s vital that we support charities whose work is dedicated to supporting people who suffer with conditions that aren’t very well known,’ explained store director Ruth Sinclair.
‘As an opticians, we are always keen to support eye health charities so they can continue trying to find cures and treatment for people whose lives have been affected.
‘The team has done a fantastic job in arranging fundraising activities to support our charity partner Myaware. I’d like to extend a very big thank you to our wonderful customers who are always happy to support our efforts and donate money to such worthy causes.’
Although there is no cure for myasthenia, there are treatments available to help alleviate symptoms. Myaware works with and funds researchers to get closer to a cure, as well as raising money for specialist nurses and advisors.