Congratulations Chris Mairs on being awarded CBE
04 July 2014
Patron of Fight for Sight, Chris Mairs has been awarded a CBE for services to engineering.
Chris, who is Chief Scientist at Metaswitch Networks and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering has fundraised tirelessly for Fight for Sight.
Now aged 56, Chris was registered blind at the age of 18. He was a passionate water skier for many years and captained the British Disabled Team to victory in three World Championships. In 1987 he skied across the English Channel raising funds for charity. He has also competed as a downhill skier in the Winter Paralympics. More recently, with two artificial hips, cycling seemed like a more sensible pastime. In 2012 he cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats on the back of a tandem raising over £100,000 for fight for Sight.
Talking about his honour Chris said: “It is a huge privilege to receive a CBE for my work as a software technologist. My passion for technology and pioneering science made Fight for Sight an automatic choice for me when I was deciding on a charity to support. I feel very strongly that more funding should be invested into vital eye research, and the crucial work carried out by Fight for Sight in this area has the potential to change the lives of millions. I’m proud to be part of such a fantastic organisation.”
Michele Acton, Chief Executive of Fight for Sight said: “We are delighted that Chris Mairs has been honoured with a CBE. We are very proud to have him as a patron. In 2013 he not only started the first ever Birmingham Carrots NightWalk but also took part himself. I’m sure all of our supporters will join us in congratulating him on this wonderful award.”