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Naomi Riches MBE accepts IN-vision’s invitation to become Patron

patron photoIN-vision, the charity furthering research into Infantile Nystagmus (IN), is delighted to announce that reigning Paralympic and six-times world champion rower, Naomi Riches MBE, has agreed to become its first Patron.

After retiring from the sport in 2013, Riches was keen to find new experiences and ‘give something back’ and we hope that this position will help her fulfil those ambitions. Naomi, who has nystagmus and cone dystrophy, is already involved in a number of other charities* and feels that the role of Patron for IN-vision is a wonderful way to help those who are affected by a condition she shares and understands.

Through Naomi’s support it is hoped the charity will be able to raise the profile of the condition, so that it is more widely understood, both by those it impacts and those it doesn’t.

Commenting on her Patronage, Naomi said:

“When I found out about IN-vision I immediately wanted to get involved as I was diagnosed with Nystagmus when I was just a few months old. Infantile Nystagmus is surprisingly common yet not enough is known about it, how and why it happens, and how it will affect the lives of the people with the condition as well as those around them. Out of all the charities I work with this is definitely the one that is the most appropriate to me and being asked to be a Patron is just so special.”

Liz Charter, Chair of IN-vision said, “We are thrilled to welcome Naomi Riches as Patron of our charity. She is truly inspirational and one of the most energetic and positive people I have met. We hope that through her support we can encourage even more people to support our work in funding and promoting advances in research, to one day find a prevention or cure for the condition.”

For more information on the charity and its work, please visit www.in-vision.org.uk. If you would like to get involved with the charity, volunteer or fundraise please email info@in-vision.org.uk.

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Notes to Editors
*Naomi Riches MBE is Ambassador for Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust; Trustee for OKOurKids and volunteers for Make a Donation