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Optometrist Completes 700-mile Trek To South Pole

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A welsh optometrist has completed a 60-day, 700-mile trek across Antarctica to raise money for the RNIB, the Guide Dogs and the International Glaucoma Association.

Cameron Hudson arrived at the South Pole, his final destination, with American outdoor pursuits expert and polar guide companion John Huston on January 24.

Funded by Optical Express the 27 year old hoped that the expedition would raise £250,000 for charity and increase awareness of the importance of eye examinations.

The optometrist began the trek on November 28 last year and throughout his journey Optical Express has been donating £1 from every sight test performed in its practices to the ‘Vision South Pole Challenge’ cause.

During the expedition Mr Hudson also carried out research into the effects of 24-hour daylight on vision.

Upon reaching the Pole Mr Hudson wrote on his website blog: “The big day had finally arrived and the conditions remained favorable for us to make the final 12 nautical mile push to the Pole. “We were greeted at the Pole by an American news crew who threw microphones and cameras in our faces as if we were film stars”

The total amount raised by the Challenge will be announced at a gala ball and charity auction that is expected to be held in April. For more details and to make a donation visit www.visionsouthpole.org.

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