Award for Mum of the Year whose dedication may have saved son's sight
PUBLISHED: 11:09 02 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:21 02 March 2015
Tireless campainger Emma Salisbury raised £400,000 for research
A MUM from Welling who has been working tirelessly to help stop her son going blind from a genetic eye condition has celebrated being a Mum of the Year winner.
Mother-of-three Emma Salisbury has raised £400,000 to fund research and treatment to fight choroideremia, an inherited eye disease which her son Tommy was diagnosed with at the age of four.
She founded the Tommy Salisbury Choroideremia Fund within the charity Fight for Sight, and her work made the world’s first clinical trial of gene replacement therapy for the disease possible – meaning her son’s sight will hopefully now be saved.
“There’s a lot more hope. He’s not going to go blind - I honestly believe now that this treatment will become available to him. It’s just a matter of waiting, and in the meantime we are still funding the research,” Ms Salisbury said.
“I saw one of the chaps who had his trial just over 18 months ago and things are still really great for him. He said: “You have enabled me to see my children grow up.”
Ms Salisbury was presented with her Achieving Mum award yesterday at the Tesco Mum of the Year awards at the Savoy Hotel in London by awards ambassador Fearne Cotton and judge Sara Cox.
The awards celebrate mums who do extraordinary things for others and Ms Salisbury was chosen from thousands of entries from across the UK.
She said: “I’m really, really pleased - and it will be great for the charity and getting awareness.
“Without my family and friends and all my support, I wouldn’t have been able to do what I have done. I can’t thank everyone enough, including the brave men who were guinea pigs in the trial, because without them we wouldn’t be at this stage.”
The supermarket chain is donating £5,000 to the Tommy Salisbury Choroideremia Fund.