Rich pickings for charity trek
April 2014 may seem like a million miles away at the moment, but for Richard Eccleston it can't come quick enough.
Richard, married to Millwall Ticket Office Assistant Manager Meranda Eccleston, has undertaken the Trek Sahara April 2014 challenge for a charity called RP Fighting Blindness.
Richard and Meranda's 10-year-old son Ronnie suffers from RP and unless a cure is found, he will lose his sight completely.
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is the name given to a group of inherited diseases of the retina that all lead to a reduction in vision and the charity provides support to those living with the disease but also provides funding for cutting edge medical research.
Richard said: "In April next year I am participating in a 100km trek through the Sahara Desert to raise money for this much-needed research.
Our son Ronnie suffers from this terrible disease and without the help, support and clinical trials funded by RPFB there is little hope for his future sight."
Meranda, who has worked at Millwall for seven years, said: "Richard is so determined to do this; he is utterly focused on getting fit and prepared to walk 100km - which is about 62 miles - in extreme hot weather conditions.
The running machine is no longer a coat hanger and is now being used daily and Richard's diet has changed beyond all recognition; there's no alcohol, no chips and no eggs and bacon for breakfast - it's all muesli and blueberries now!
He is taking this seriously because it is serious not just for our son, but for anyone who suffers from this awful disease.
Ronnie got diagnosed when he was six and he has got total night blindness now. This means that while we may be able to see OK in dim light, for Ronnie shapes and colours blend into one."
Donations can be made via www.justgiving.com/richard-eccleston or by textgiving - text RPFB75 £2 / £5 / £10 to 70070 to donate now eg RPFB75 £5
Further details about RP can be found by visiting their website www.rpfightingblindness.org.uk/