News and Events


We very much regret to announce that Professor Andrew Elkington, CBE who started the Gift of Sight Appeal, died on the 11 September 2014. A true gentleman Andrew will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Please follow this link to see the footage of Professor Andrew Lotery and a patient who has received successful gene therapy for a blinding eye condition.

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Professor Andrew Lotery explains why your donations help so much.

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


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


Rotary Club of the New Forest - Horse or cycle Ride and walkers welcome

16 May 2015 First departure 10.00am

This fabulous event is organised by the New Forest Rotarians so that other charities can encourage supporters to get sponsored and participate to raise funds. Burley is a beautiful part of the New Forest and the routes are 'tried and tested'.

Please do put on those boots, pull out the bicycles or tack up your horse to fundraise for Gift of Sight. We can give you a polo shirt to help advertise our charity and we'll be there to see you out and back again.

To book your place please visit The New Forest Rotary Website.


SUNDAY 31 May 2015

Southampton University Sports Ground, Wide Lane, Eastleigh SO50 5PE

Admission, including programme £5 Children under 14 years free of charge.

Jackie Davies will be making bunting, buns and 'crafty bits' for sale at the above event. We shall be there all day and please do come along to support us.

For more details of the event please contact Ailsa at Gift of Sight. For full details of the event please follow our link to the Southampton Rotary website.

Gift of Sight Ball 20 June 2015 at Botleigh Grange Hotel, Southampton 7.00pm for 7.30pm

Tickets £50 to include a welcome drink, three course meal, half a bottle of wine, dancing to InnerVision, balloon prizes, raffle and auction.

Book a table for ten and pay £450. Dress : Black tie

The evening is organised for fun as well as fundraising and we would like to attract 150 people to join us for eating, drinking, dancing and generally having a good time whilst raising money for our critical research projects. Please DO join us..

Please phone Gift of Sight 023 8059 9073 for any further details and please book on-line through

If you prefer not to book on line please request a booking form from Gift of Sight which you may return to this office with your payment. Telephone : 023 8059 9073 or email:

'Tea on the Test' 5 July 2015 2.00pm - 5.00pm - £10 for an afternoon in a beautiful garden with tea, cake, stalls, music and a static falconry display

To take place at 'The Island', Greatbridge, Romsey, SO51 0HP

Dame Mary Fagan, President of Gift of Sight will open the afternoon officially at 2.30pm and Mr Jay Self will give a welcome talk.

Tickets £10 per head to include tea & cake in beautiful surroundings, music will be provided by 'The Watercress Quartet', a static falconry display will be provided by Falconhigh and we are hoping to include some craft stalls. Children under 12 years of age will be admitted free of charge but a donation for a piece of cake and a drink if required would be appreciated.

Please book on line or by sending a cheque made payable to 'Gift of Sight' to our office for the number of places you would like to book.

If you prefer not to book electronically please contact our office for a booking form Tel: 023 8059 9073 or email to

Future dates:

Gift of Sight Carol Concert in Romsey Abbey 11 December 2015 6.30 - 8.00pm


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.