Tora’s fundraising journey

Family and friends taking part in Tora Clapham's walk for Aniridia Network UK.
Family and friends taking part in Tora Clapham's walk for Aniridia Network UK.

A BRAVE Cleckheaton youngster with a visual impairement has helped raise thousands of pounds for two charities after a walk in Spen.

Four-year-old Tora Clapham led a sponsored walk along the Spen Valley Greenway which has so far raised £2,470.57.

Tora suffers from aniridia, a condition which causes partial blindness, and which usually only affects adults..

The money raised from the walk will be split between The Bradford Toy Library and the Aniridia Network UK.

Her mother Susan Blissett was full of praise for both charities for helping the family through difficult times.

She said: “These are the two charities that helped us the most and we would like to raise awareness about the work that they do.

“There are no leaflets in hospitals for parents with children who have aniridia, so ANUK really helped us because we were able to speak to adults who had the condition and share our experiences.”

The walk took place from Morrisons in Heckmondwike and went along the Spen Valley Greenway, finishing at Cleckheaton Tesco and lasting an hour and a half.

Forty seven people took part in the event, including Tora’s friends, family and workers from Bradford Toy Library and Aniridia UK.

Susan said: “It took it out of Tora, but she absolutely loved it. I think she will do more fundraising in the future, but perhaps not something this strenuous!

“Thanks to all those who joined in the walk and all of my friends, family, members of the local community and local businesses who sponsored Tora. The money raised will really help the two charities.”

Katherine Atkinson, one of the founding members of Aniridia Network UK took part in the walk, and praised Tora, who is now learning Braille, saying she was a great example for everyone.

“Tora is impossible not to like,” she said. “She is so chatty and pleasant to be around, and she is coping with her impairement remarkably well.

“We are only a small charity, and don’t receive any government funding, so we really rely on events like this to help keep us going.”

For more information on Aniridia, visit www.aniridia.org.uk.