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.

PHOTOGRAPHS 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.


27 February Romsey Town Mayor's Charity Choir Concert 7.00pm Romsey Abbey

A Concert will be held on Friday 27 February to raise funds for Gift of Sight and Romsey Opportunity Group. Romsey Male Voice Choir, Romsey Abbey School Choir, Romsey Youth Choir, Romsey Ladies Choir and The Mountbatten Community Choir will be taking part.

Tickets £10 Available from Romsey Town Hall 01794 512837 and Romsey Tourist Information Centre 01794 512987

'It's Show Time' Saturday 28 February 2015 at Colbury Memorial Hall, Main Road, Colbury, Hampshire SO40 7EL

Doors open at 7.00pm and Curtain Up at 7.30pm.
Featuring : The 4 Tune Seekers, Lady Zing, Izzi and Matt, 2 JD, The Fandangos, 'Windbag and Sandbag' and Ocean Harmony Barber Shop Chorus.

Compere : Ian McConnell Please book tickets by telephone : 01962 713463

Sunday 1 March 2015 - The Legacies of R J Mitchell and the Spitfire

An illustrated talk by Professor John Norman at 3pm in The Pavilion, Portswood Residents Gardens, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1QT.
(Including a short opening talk by Professor Andrew Lotery MD FRCOphth)

Admission free but availability for donations to be made in favour of Gift of Sight at the talk.

Southampton XL1 Tangent Club East Fashion Show 18 March 2pm

At Chilworth Village Hall, Chilworth Road, Southampton SO16 7LD. Ticket cost £10 to include refreshments.

Please order through Mrs Greta Paxton 023 8023 5095

Raising funds for Paediatric Eye Research

Roddington Forge Tribute Night 21 March 2015 19.30 - midnight


Roddington Forge, Allington Lane, Southampton SO30 3HQ

Soul and Mowtown evening with Lou Taylor's 'Soul Train'. Tickets £10 with all proceeds to Gift of Sight
Please buy tickets from Ali at Roddington Forge 023 8047 3080

Gift of Sight Public Lecture at Turner Sims, Southampton 29 April 2015 6.30pm - 8.00pm

'Beating Blindness'

Speakers: Professor Andrew Lotery, MD, FRCOphth, Mr David Anderson PhD, FRCOphth MB BS CCST, Mr Jay Self BM, FRCOphth, PhD and Dr Arjuna Ratnayaka BSc, MPhil, PhD

Chair : Mr Andrew Luff, MA, FRCS (Ophth), FRCOphth

Welcome music to be played by Dr. Alisdair Warwick

To book your place please contact Turner Sims Box Office : Telephone 023 8059 5151 : email

Box Office open on weekdays from 10.00am - 5.00pm

Please mention when booking if you will require assistance because of mobility or visual problems.

There will be no charge to attend the Lecture but provision will be made for voluntary donations to be made on the night. Hot and cold drinks may be obtained at the bar from 5.45pm prior to the Lecture if required.

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 consider entering 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.

Gift of Sight Skydive 17 May 2015, Old Sarum Airfield at 8.00am

The cost to jump is £225 (Charity Rate) and we ask all jumpers to try to raise a minimum of £200 for Gift of Sight.

Last year's jump raised £14,000 to support our research into blinding eye diseases and we hope to attract more clinical staff, patients, friends and family to join in our 'party' at the Airfield.

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

Please phone Gift of Sight 023 8059 9073 for details of how to book and pay but we are hoping to have an on-line facility available over the next few days.

'Tea on the Test' 5 July 2015 2.00pm - 5.00pm

To take place at 'The Island', Greatbridge, Romsey.

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 provide by 'The Watercress Quartet' and we are hoping to include some craft stalls.

Please contact Gift of Sight to purchase your tickets for this event. Tel: 023 8059 9073 email:

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.