Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Film shows in aid of Indian eye hospital

A CHARITY film screening held in Wargrave on Saturday raised £5,000 for an Indian eye hospital.

A CHARITY film screening held in Wargrave on Saturday raised £5,000 for an Indian eye hospital.

Sheila Brockelbank organised the event after becoming involved with the Second Sight charity, set up by her old school friend Lucy Mathen.

People packed into the Woodclyffe Hall to watch a screening of Junction For Having Fun.

The film, made by Ms Mathen, tells the story of how a chance game of football with village girls transformed a corner of India’s poorest state with the eye hospital at the heart of the community.

Former Newsround presenter John Craven, who worked with Ms Mathen on the programme in the Seventies, attended the event.

He spoke of how his former colleague had changed career and become a doctor and ophthalmologist determined to eradicate blindness.

Ms Brockelbank said: “The film amazed the audience with its portrayal of how a small temple eye hospital in the rural heart of the poorest state in India flourished and began a girls’ education and football academy — all with the support and blessing of both the local Imam and Hindu leaders.

“The warmth and joy generated by the people in the film was infectious.A lively question-and-answer session followed, which was thought-provoking and informative.”

Every £20 raised will fund the cataract operation of a blind child. No money is taken out for the cost of administration or salaries as Second Sight is staffed by volunteers.

A second screening of the film in Henley also raised £5,000.

He spoke of how his former colleague had changed career and become a doctor and ophthalmologist determined to eradicate blindness.

Ms Brockelbank said: “The film amazed the audience with its portrayal of how a small temple eye hospital in the rural heart of the poorest state in India flourished and began a girls’ education and football academy — all with the support and blessing of both the local Imam and Hindu leaders.

“The warmth and joy generated by the people in the film was infectious.A lively question-and-answer session followed, which was thought-provoking and informative.”

Every £20 raised will fund the cataract operation of a blind child. No money is taken out for the cost of administration or salaries as Second Sight is staffed by volunteers.

A second screening of the film in Henley also raised £5,000.

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