LETTER: Helping children with blindness

Maurice and I have been a team for nearly 40 years. During this time we have seen how working together is much more constructive than working apart.

We recognise each other’s strengths and we used this to write comedies such as Birds of a Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart, The New Statesman, among others.

We’ve recently become aware of a problem that with the right teamwork can be solved.

Children in Zambia are four times more likely to suffer from blinding conditions, such as cataract, than those in countries like the UK.

As a result, thousands are unable to gain an education – 90 per cent of blind children don’t attend school.

Zambia has one of the highest rates of childhood blindness in the world and yet there’s only one paediatric ophthalmologist in the entire country. He was trained by sight-saving charity Orbis.

They specialise in training doctors and nurses in developing countries and in educating local communities about eye health. Right now, Orbis needs our help. They’re asking us to help save a child’s sight – for free!

They’ve launched an appeal called Vision for Zambia to help the thousands of blind children in the country and when people visit www.visionforzambia.org and sign up to find out more, a generous supporter will give £1. Until February 3, the UK government is matching all donations, so this simple act will generate £2.

Through teamwork, we can help thousands of blind children in Zambia escape a life of unnecessary darkness, and get them back to school and on their way to a brighter future. Without sight we could never have written, let alone seen those programmes that have given millions of people pleasure over the decades.

Laurence Marks and

Maurice Gran

Comedy Writers &

Living Legends