After going blind from cancer, Bassingbourn’s Nick is raising money for visually impaired sports team

Nick Burr and his wife Sophie are organising a dans le noir fundraiser for goalball and CamSight

Nick Burr and his wife Sophie are organising a dans le noir fundraiser for goalball and CamSight - Credit: Archant

A Bassingbourn man who went blind from cancer is giving back to a sports team which helped rebuild his confidence.

Nick Burr’s life dramatically changed when he began feeling ill on New Year’s Eve back in 2013.

Four days later, he went blind overnight, and it was discovered that he suffered from cancer of the central nervous system lymphoma, a disease in which malignant cells form in the lymph tissue of the brain or spinal cord.

The tax analyst has since dedicated his time to raising money for the charities that supported him and is inviting people to join him for a Dans Le Noir night next month.

The evening will involve guests experiencing life without sight by ‘dining in the dark’ – each person will be blindfolded while they tuck into a three course meal.

The evening of entertainment, at The Sheene Mill in Station Road, Melbourn, will raise money for Cambridge Dons Goalball Club.

Goalball is a team sport for the visually impaired in which participants are blind-folded.

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The 27-year-old, who is from Royston but moved to Bassingbourn 16 years ago, said: “I play goalball and it has really helped with my confidence since going blind. The sport used to get council funding but doesn’t anymore.”

The charity night will also raise funds for national charity Children In Need, as the event will be held on the same night as the annual fundraiser, as well as local charity Cam Sight – a sight loss charity that supported Nick when he first went blind.

He added: “I will have an auction, raffle and a few games to raise as much money as possible for the charities.”

There is only one table left at the function.

If you are interested in attending, email Nick at

Nick recently finished filming a documentary which followed his journey from going blind to getting married to his wife Sophie at the start of October.