Pompey fan to trek over Icelandic volcanoes

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A POMPEY fan with a genetic eye disease is to take part in a trek across Iceland’s volcanoes to raise money for charity.

Joe Churcher, pictured, will join eight other people with retinitis pigmentosa to walk across the volcanoes to raise money for The British Retinitis Pigmentosa Society.

Damage to the retina caused by the faulty genes leads to a gradual loss of sight.

The 39-year-old, who is originally from Gosport but now lives in London, said: ‘Iceland’s been a bit of a dirty word in this country recently, with the collapse of the banks and the ash clouds causing flight chaos.

‘We’re hoping it will prove a winning location for people with RP, especially the millions who will inherit the condition in future.

‘My vision problems cause me only relatively minor problems but for many other sufferers, RP has a devastating effect on their everyday lives and I’m doing this for them. I don’t think this will help me or my generation but it might help the next generation.’

Up to 20,000 people are affected by RP. There is no known cure. To sponsor Joe visit justgiving.com/joe-churcher

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