Eye Feel Good is a charity very close to Richard’s heart. It was formed in October 2009 after his wife, Annemarie Fee, was diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma. Following Annemarie’s treatment, Richard decided to raise money for the Royal Liverpool Hospital in appreciation for the level of care that she received.
Richard was subsequently approached by various people in the community who wanted to help raise money to help local cancer charities. Very quickly the momentum gathered pace and Richard saw an opportunity to form a proper charity.
This is the second time in two years that Richard has presented a cheque to Professor Bertil Damato, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Head of the Liverpool Ocular Oncology Centre and the charity are certainly showing no signs of slowing down!
Professor Damato said: “This large donation to the Eye Tumour Research Fund is very precious to us, because it is such a powerful gesture from a grateful patient and her loved ones, and also because of opportunities it creates for us in our research. The Liverpool Ocular Oncology Centre is one of the largest units of its kind in the world, treating more than 250 new patients with ocular melanoma each year. We have maximized this unique opportunity by creating the Liverpool Ocular Oncology Research Group (LOORG), headed by an internationally-renowned pathologist and scientist, Professor Sarah Coupland. This research has already transformed our clinical practice and has enabled other research projects to take place. Eye cancer specialists and scientists all around the world are following our lead and using methods we have developed in Liverpool. None of this would have been possible without the generous donations we have received from our patients."