News and Events


Congratulations to our Skydive team who have raised £11,000 so far with more sponsorship to come.  A wonderful result!


A great interview on BBC South on the 6 March 2014 with Professor Andrew Lotery and a patient who has received gene therapy to treat a blinding eye disease. Please follow this link to see the footage on our home page.


Professor Lotery and his colleagues in Southampton collaborated on a study of gene therapy for a rare form of eye disease called choroideremia. This study led by Prof Maclaren in Oxford has shown promising results for treating choroideremia. It also shows that gene therapy can rescue the cells we use to sense light (photoreceptors).  This suggests gene therapy could be  eventually useful to treat other diseases such as age related macular degeneration. 


The Gift of Sight Appeal raised the funds to provide the necessary equipment to allow Southampton to participate in the study. 


Prof Lotery says “Thanks to the Gift of Sight Appeal, we were able to give patients from Wessex access to this exciting new clinical trial and also to many other others. I would encourage anybody to support the Gift of Sight Appeal as it is making such a huge difference in fighting blindness and giving patients the Gift of Sight.”


Details of the study published in the Lancet can be found here 


NEWSLETTERS : Please read our most recent newsletter 

Professor Andrew Lotery explains why your donations help so much.


Gift of Sight is now on Facebook 


PHOTOGRAPHS of events can be viewed on our 'Fundraising Gallery Page' 


PLEASE look at our 'How you can help page' to get ideas of how we raise some of our funds to support our critical research into eye disease





Patients who attend Southampton Eye Unit are drawn from the whole of Hampshire and community support is very much appreciated.  





SKYDIVE 2014  18 May 2014       Tandem Skydive with GoSkydive 

CONGRATULATIONS to our fabulous team.  £11,000 raised so far with more sponsorship to come.  Looking forward to posting the final total.


The team is made up of clinicians, University colleagues, friends and family.  This is our largest group yet to jump out of an aeroplane for Gift of Sight.  Please do look at the GoSkydive Charity page   and those of you who have joined us you can find details of photographers and extra options. 08.05.14 

Gift of Sight Skydive 2014
Name Justgiving page address
Emma Barlow
Matthew Brewer
Lucy Dunkerley
Bailey Farrant
Debbie Harper
Irena Knowles
Connor O'Rourke Not yet open
Jay Self
Simon and Melanie Woodcock 
Parminder Virk
Rory O'Rourke Not yet open
Chukuma Dibigo
Briony Thomson





16 - 25 August 2014


Please support Gift of Sight by visiting 74 Thornbury Wood, Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 5DQ to support Ali LIndley, Sue Bowery and Jenny Carter who are exhibiting their watercolours and textiles.  Refreshments sold during the exhibition will raise funds for Gift of Sight and the British Heart Foundation.


For further details please see the Hampshire Open Studio website.


All three exhibitors have first hand experience of living with eye conditions including uveitis and glaucoma.





Rotary Romsey Test Way Walk Sunday 12 October 2014


Once again this fabulously well organised walk will take place in October.  If you would like to sign up to raise funds for Gift of Sight we would be delighed to issue you with a polo shirt to wear on your walk to advertise our charity.  Please email of telephone us with your registration number and we can discuss sizings etc. for a polo shirt.

Registration is now open for all start points of the walk and discounted prices cease on the 31 July. 


One again there is a choice of distances to tempt you amd upi will be taken to the start point from Crosfield Hall in Romsey.


For full details please see the Rotary Romsey Website and, if you need any help, please do not hesitate to contact Ailsa.  When you register please advise Rotary that we may have your name so that we can write and thank you for helping us.





1 OCTOBER 2014


Currently being organised but full details will be available at the beginning of August and will be given in our next Newsletter, Facebook and advertised on the Island.



Gift of Sight Carol Concert

Romsey Abbey on 12 December 2014 - please note the change of venue


Details of this popular event will be posted on our website in the summer.  Please pop the date in your diary.  Anyone who wishes to place an advertisement in our programme please make contact with Ailsa in the first instance.


Future dates:


Gift of Sight Lecture at Turner Sims, Southampton 29 April 2015

Gift of Sight Ball venue to be decided but to be held on 20 June 2015



Would you like to help us?  Can I come and speak to your Group or Club?

If you would like to become involved or simply want to find out more please make contact or telephone Ailsa Walter on 02380 599073.