Staff, volunteers, trustees, supporters and clients of N-Vision, the Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Society for the Blind, are under starter’s orders for their now annual 3 Piers sponsored run/walk.

They reckon their charity is without peer – and all three of our historic Blackpool piers play their part in the fun fundraiser on Sunday September 16.

Racers, runners, walkers, amblers and trundlers pick a pier – or all three – and their pace.  The distance spans 3, 5 or 6 miles depending on whether they head for South, Central or North Pier – and back to N-Vision’s base at Bosworth Place, Squires Gate.

The 3 Piers raises vital funds to help the independent local charity support 2500 people living on the Fylde – from coast to urban and rural communities inland – with low or no vision.  The charity dates back to 1910 and runs a range of community services, café clubs, social and activity groups, Low Vision Centre, sight loss support, Talking Newspaper, and more – including the Princess Alexandra Home which offers residential and respite accommodation.

Organiser Abby Newby explains: “After doing sponsored walks for several years N-Vision introduced the 3 Piers last year to make the event accessible, so we should have a distance that will suit (almost) everybody – while the six-mile option will appeal to runners.

“Last year we raised £2875 so we would REALLY like to smash the £3000 mark this year. It is important people start signing up.”

The 3 Piers starts from N-Vision’s base at Bosworth Place, Squires Gate FY4 1SH, at 10am – fancy dress welcome or come as you are. It’s £6 to register. Contact Abby at (01253) 362692 or email  [email protected] to receive your registration pack.

The first 20 participants to sign up will receive a free N-Vision water bottle. Food and refreshments will be provided after the event. Fylde Coast YMCA are kindly hosting the warm up sessions on site.

The event also raises awareness of the charity’s work ahead of National Eye Health Week, which starts Mon Sept 24 and stresses the need for all of us to have regular sight tests as a routine – not just when your eyesight may be letting you down.  The charity’s eye clinic liaison officer Linda Sethi  will be at Blackpool Victoria Hospital (Mezzanine on Tuesday Sept 25 from 10am-2pm ) to raise awareness including of hospital ophthalmology services. On Friday Sept 28 the charity hosts an exhibition of the latest technology, products and services to help people with sight loss, between 10am and 3pm, on site at Sharples Hall, Bosworth Place, Squires Gate, FY4 1SH. It’s a chance to see high tech innovations – as well as aids to everyday life – which have hit the headlines globally. It’s hosted by low vision worker Brian Casey who was the first European to trial eSight glasses – which enabled him to ‘see’ for the first time in almost 30 years.