Diet and exercise are vital for reducing the risk of  sight loss. This is the message which the Leeds Vision Consortium, a partnership between the Wilberforce Trust and Action for Blind people, is promoting to the people of Leeds at a four day event at Jamie Oliver’s ‘Ministry of Food’ in Kirkgate Market, Leeds, as part of National Eye Health Week (16 -21 September). A key role for Wilberforce in the Consortium is promoting the Health and Well Being message to people in Leeds who may not be accessing the services available to them for supporting people with sight loss in the city.

Sherieda Joseph (left), Wilberforce's representative in the Leeds Vision Consortium, and Charlotte Procter, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer from Action for Blind People, at the National Eye Health Week promotional event in Leeds Kirkgate Market

Sherieda Joseph (left), Wilberforce’s representative in the Leeds Vision Consortium, and Charlotte Procter, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer from Action for Blind People, at the National Eye Health Week promotional event in Leeds Kirkgate Market

Sherieda Joseph, Health and Well Being Promotion Worker for the Consortium says: “The link between healthy eating and lifestyle and eye care cannot be over-estimated. That’s why we’re thrilled that Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food is helping us to spread a range of eye health messages to people in the city.

“The Wilberforce Trust and Action for Blind People formed the Leeds Vision Consortium (LVC) because by combining our expertise, we’re able to help and support more people in the city. Education, designed to prevent sight loss, is a key part of our work, and we hope our eye-catching ‘fruit faces’ will encourage people to come along.”

On Saturday morning Sherieda will move with her display from the market to Age UK’s Arch Cafe in Leeds to end the activity of this important week in the eye health calendar.