The local news is hotting up!


Julian Jackson featured in Somerset Live

The local news coverage has started. I am working hard to generate lots more of this alongside the National Eye Research Centre’s (NERC) excellent PR company “PORTER NOVELLI

Click this link to read Somerset Live’s Article


Wheyhey! supporting the Big Blind Walk

I am delighted that Wheyhey! is supporting the Big Blind Walk as our Retail Partner. Their uncompromising zest for life, infectious enthusiasm for their delicious products and their pioneering spirit is perfectly in tune with my mission to get outdoors, stay healthy and encourage everyone to make the right lifestyle choices! A healthy body can support healthy eyes.


Nystagmus in the open and the Big Blind Walk

The Nystagmus Network is yet again getting behind the Big Blind Walk and engaging with all its members. I look forward to meeting them all along the way! Help us fund eye research and create a future where everyone can see!

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Big Blind Walk to Support National Eye Research Centre

My charity partner the National Eye Research Centre (NERC) yet again shows their fantastic commitment and support for the Big Blind Walk. Feel free to forward this newsletter to friends, colleagues and contacts and help us make eye research the biggest conversation in the UK!

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Breaking News: AMD patients regain sight from Stem Cell Research

Let’s celebrate another shining example of how eye research can improve the quality of life for patients. Help fund continuing critical eye research and join the Big Blind Walk!

Click here to read the Breaking News


Big Blind walk is in the latest news of The Optical Sector’s Daily News  Magazine

“Julian Jackson, (pictured at 100% Optical, one of his major sponsors, became totally blind in 2010 having been told as a young child that he had Retinitis Pigmentosa and would be blind one day.”

Read more what they say about Big Blind walk

The Optical Sector’s Daily News Magazine keeping you up to date with new products, professional matters, industry news and exhibitions and much more whenever and wherever you want to read it for todays news including archived stories.




The landmark fifth anniversary of 100% Optical exceeded expectations and was hailed a fabulous event.

The UK’s largest optical show took place at London EXCEL from 27th – 29th January and was bigger, bolder and brighter than ever before.

This year, 100% Optical pledged its support for the Big Blind Walk 2018 in collaboration with VisionBridge.

Founder Julian Jackson gave thanks to the show and said: “I’m so grateful to 100% Optical for giving the bigblindwalk.com this platform to not only raise awareness of the social, economic and psychological impact of sight loss amongst a growing number of the UK population but also to promote and raise money for eye research, which I believe is one of the most underfunded areas of medical research and certainly one of the best kept secrets in the UK.”

100% Optical will be back in 12-14 January 2019, save the date!

Read the full press release Click here


Julian’s interview with BBC Radio 4:

Julian’s interview with Peter White on “In Touch” (Radio 4, 8.40pm 30 Jan),

outlines his motivation and mission behind the Big Blind Walk and his dream that one day, eye research will be seen as an equal partner alongside the practical support for blind and visually impaired people. Visit BBC 4 website  or  Click here to hear my interview


Julian’s interview with Connect Radio: it is podcast for anyone to listen to or download.

Just  CLICK HERE…  or go to www.audioboom.com and search for RNIB Connect Radio. Items are updated regularly, so if this interview has moved down the list, then just click on the Search link and then type in “Julian Jackson” or “Big Walk To Highlight Sight Research.”


Julian talks to Optometry Today about his ambitions for eye research and his goals for the Big Blind Walk 2018

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The UK’s largest optical event, 100% Optical, has pledged its support for the Big Blind Walk 2018, in collaboration with VisionBridge, to help stop sight loss in its tracks.

Promising a bumper gathering for its “fabulous fifth anniversary” at London Excel on January 27-29, 2018, the show will help raise awareness of life changing eye research.

Founder of VisionBridge, Julian Jackson said: “Sadly, eye research is one of the best kept secrets in the UK, despite all the impressive breakthroughs and developments over the last 50 years but with the help of 100% Optical, we hope to change this.  

“100% Optical is the place where eye health innovation begins. It pulls the optical profession together and represents the very best in education for optometry and ophthalmology.”

Sponsored by 100% Optical and Second Sight and supported by official partner National Eye Research Centre and a range of organisations with an interest in sight loss and eye health, the 1,000 mile walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats commences on 29 April for seven weeks and aims to raise awareness and understanding of sight loss, promote eye research and create a new fund for translational research. Visit bigblindwalk.com to join the walk through your home town or make a donation.

100% Optical event director, Nathan Garnett said, “We want to support and enhance the optical sector and this is the perfect cause for us to champion this year. The show is more than just an industry event, it has always aimed to provide a thought leadership platform and influential “voice” for eye health innovation.

“It’s really shaping up to be our best year yet, which is bound to have a great impact on the awareness of VisionBridge and boost support for the Big Blind Walk. We’re really looking forward to donning our walking shoes to join in next April too.”

100% Optical works in partnership with the Association of Optometrists and is Europe’s fastest growing optical event, set to attract over 8,000 UK and international visitors.

Renowned for its buzzing atmosphere, 100% Optical offers a positive visitor experience, created by the bustling exhibition floor, fashion shows, interactive workshops, world class education programme, learning hubs, design competitions and the central bar.


Visit www.100percentoptical.com


After five years as Director of Development and then Senior Adviser to a leading eye research charity, Julian launched the social enterprise “VisionBridge” in June 2016, supported by a growing nationwide group of academic researchers, clinician scientists and patient advocates. He is building on the work he started in 2014 to promote eye health, increase the awareness and understanding of sight loss and introduce the extraordinary world of eye research to the public, eye health professionals, patients and the wider Visually Impaired community across the UK.

VisionBridge is passionate about promoting eye research, raising awareness of sight loss and signposting donations to appropriate eye research funders.

Visit www.visionbridge.org.uk

National Eye Research Centre

National Eye Research Centre is a registered charity that raises funds for investment in pioneering research into the causes of, and treatments for, eye disease and sight loss.  The charity’s vision is a world with an effective treatment for every eye disease.  It says that sight loss is feared second only to a cancer diagnosis yet less than 2% of all medical research funding is directed at eye disease. It says 40 people lose their sight in the UK every day, that almost two million people in the UK are living with a level of sight loss that has a significant impact on their daily lives. As the UK population ages sight loss will increase dramatically, it warns, and by 2050 the number of people with sight loss will double.  Sight loss and eye health is estimated to cost the UK economy over £28bn every year.

Visit www.nerc-charity.org.uk

Second Sight

Second Sight’s mission is to develop, manufacture and market innovative implantable visual prosthetics to enable blind individuals to achieve greater independence. Second Sight developed and manufactures, the Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System. Enrolment has been completed in a trial to test the safety and utility of the Argus II in individuals with Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Second Sight is also developing the Orion™ I Visual Cortical Prosthesis to restore some vision to individuals who are blind due to causes other than preventable or treatable conditions. U.S. Headquarters are in Sylmar, CA, and European Headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland. For more information,

Visit www.secondsight.com.

100% Optical

100% Optical is the trade event for all optical professionals. The show first took place in 2014 and works in partnership with the Association of Optometrists.

Media 10 is the most decorated media and events company in the UK. A privately owned company based, in Loughton, Essex, employing 200 staff, Media 10 Ltd has fast become one of the leading players in the media and events industry as a result of running some of the most iconic and successful events and magazines in the country, including Grand Designs magazine, Icon magazine, Grand Designs Live and the world’s oldest consumer exhibition: The Ideal Home Show.