NEHW makes alterations during Period of Mourning
The NEHW confirms that National Eye Health Week 19–25 September 2022 will go ahead, although the campaign will be amended to allow the charity to pay tribute to the remarkable life and service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
All national activity has been cancelled during the period of national mourning, and, as a mark of our great respect and admiration, we will honour The Queen on 19 September – the day of her State Funeral.
After the period of national mourning has ended the Week will resume with a revised programme of national activity.
Roadside Vision Screening has been postponed
The planned roadside vision screening activity has had to be postponed due to road traffic officers being drafted in to cover state events in London. This campaign and associated public health promotion will now run in the new year. National activity on 20 September will be limited to social media posts around the importance of good vision for safe driving.
The main focus of the Week will now shift to FrEYEday 23 September, when the Eye Q Report, looking at how smart we are when it comes to looking after our vision and eye health, will be launched. On this day we will be encouraging people to get their eyes tested and to make small lifestyle changes to benefit their eye health to prevent future avoidable sight loss.
The new timetable looks like this:
Monday 19 September – Tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II
Tuesday 20 September – Vision and Driving (social media only)
Wednesday 21 September – Kids’ Eye Health
Thursday 22 September – Eye Health and the Menopause
FrEYEday 23 September – What’s Your Eye Q?
Saturday 24 September – Minor Eye Conditions
Sunday 25 September – Living with Low Vision
What should you do next?
If you wish to cancel or reschedule a local event/activity due to take place during the period of national mourning you can use resources on our website to make this announcement.
If you wish to continue to host an event during the period of national mourning please ensure that the event is conducted in accordance with official guidance which can be found here.
We will publish any further updates we receive