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Camborne man Bernard Lee nominated for national league

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

Bernard Lee carrying the Olympic Torch in 2012.

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A FOMER Olympic torchbearer has been nominated for a national award.

Camborne man Bernard Lee is in the running for the Macular Society's Awards for Excellence Chairman's Award for Volunteering.

The recognition is for his hard work and dedication in his role as an eccentric viewing trainer. Eccentric viewing training is where macular degeneration sufferers with sight impairment are taught to view with an alternate area of the retina.

Mr Lee, who suffers from the condition himself, said: "My nomination came completely out of the blue.

"I began volunteering as I felt I could do something positive to help others with macular degeneration to be able to read; maybe not as quickly as their sight-loss, but enough not to have to depend on others.

"What I enjoy most about volunteering is meeting people with similar problems and helping them realise there is life after sight loss.

"The loss of independence can be devastating and if I can help it is very rewarding."

Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of sight-loss in the UK.

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