The proceeds from the appeal helped to fund:
Blue Peter presenter Mark Curry, who fronted the campaign, remembers it fondly. “The 1986 appeal is one of the standout memories from my time on the programme,” he said. “As the short-sighted presenter with the big glasses who only has able vision in one eye, I guess I was the obvious choice to go to Malawi!
“I witnessed cataract operations performed by the Sightsavers team and saw the sheer delight when bandages were removed revealing eyes that could suddenly see again. I was totally in awe of this delicate work. The whole Blue Peter team were thrilled and proud that the 1986 appeal exceeded expectations.”
The appeal was a resounding success, with bring-and-buy sales taking place at schools and community centres up and down the country. Our gallery below shows a selection of newspaper cuttings covering the event.