£1.7mn to restore sight


CBM, the overseas disability charity’s match funding appeal through Standard Chartered Bank’s Seeing is Believing Programme, has raised £1,700,000 – more than double its target!

Seeing is Believing has supported CBM UK for many years.  £4 of Seeing is Believing funds are unlocked for every £1 donated to help prevent child blindness in Nigeria and other affected areas in Africa.

A total of £340,000 was raised through CBM UK’s campaign, which ran from the 1st May to 31st May. The money raised will release a matching grant from Seeing is Believing of £1,360,000 raising the total value to £1,700,000 – one of the most successful campaigns CBM have ever run.

Kirsty Smith, CEO of CBM, said:

“It’s wonderful to see so many individuals and parishes respond with so much compassion and generosity. The money raised will be put to excellent use in providing essential eye-care to large areas of Nigeria. It will allow us to reach thousands of people with visual impairments who previously had no services available to them.

“We have valued working in partnership with Standard Chartered Bank and we are delighted to be able to use the donations raised by our loyal supporters to unlock these funds for eye health – a huge shared effort to help tackle avoidable blindness in the worlds poorest communities.”

CBM, the overseas disability charity, is a world leader in the prevention of blindness. It aims to improve the quality of life of the world’s poorest people with disabilities or at risk of disabilities. It strives to achieve this through prevention and treatment of diseases which can lead to impairment, improving access to education and rehabilitation services, and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities to full inclusion in all aspects of life.

In 2010, CBM, the overseas disability charity performed its 10 millionth cataract surgery, an accomplishment unsurpassed by any other organisation in the world!

To learn more about CBM please visit: www.cbmuk.org.uk

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