Vera’s hit the halfway mark for eye unit

Charity fundraiser for Aye Aye (campaign to buy new eye machine) at Manor Heath Park.'Pictured opening the event is Mayor Arshad Mahmood with organisor Vera Parojcic (second from left).
Charity fundraiser for Aye Aye (campaign to buy new eye machine) at Manor Heath Park.'Pictured opening the event is Mayor Arshad Mahmood with organisor Vera Parojcic (second from left).

A YEAR ago Vera Parojcic set her sights on a whopping £45,000 fund-raising total to say thank-you to the medical team who restored her sight.

Now 12 months later, her tireless work has raised £24,000 towards buying a new glaucoma laser for the opthalmology unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Aye Eye is a registered charity, which holds events from cake sales, fun days and historical talks.

The first donation came from Sheard Packaging in West Vale and since then local people from hairdresser Patricia Hargreaves to baker Brenda Shannon she has been overwhelmed by the support.

Groups including Halifax Society for the Blind, Halifax and Hebden Bridge Rotary and the Tangent Club have all made donations from £30 to £1,000.

Last month historian David Glover raised £500 with a talk at the town hall and the support from fellow sufferers was evident. Former Halifax resident Anne Holdstead went along with 10 friends, despite having stepped off a plane from Australia just hours earlier.

Her work has been tireless, and even included a few outbreaks of tears.

“My daughter rang me when I was in town one day and told me we’d had a £5,000 anonymous donation. I was just there with tears rolling down my face. It was just so humbling.”

The laser will cost £45,000, meaning already Vera and her committee are more than half way to their final total but she never expected to be so far to her total.

“I thought if I made £5,000 that would be my aim. I couldn’t possibly have dreamed we’d be so far on.”

Vera, of Turberry Lane, Greetland, had cataract operations at the unit after three years of declining eyesight. Her next event is her biggest yet, a ball at Bowers Mill on June 18. Tickets cost £40 and will include a three-course meal, entertainment and live music. For tickets and further information call Vera on 01422 378071.