News and Events



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.


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





HUGE THANKS to Waitrose, Portswood for selecting Gift of Sight as one of their 'Community Matters' charities for September and for the fabulous £640 received.  Waitrose, Romsey included Gift of Sight for their December charities and donated a wonderful £400.

Shoppers in Chandler's Ford will have the opportunity to support us in March.  What a fabulous scheme attracting a welcome donation but also, importantly, spreading the word about our research.


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





Concert given by Emma and Richard Scott-Copeland for XL1 Tangent Club, Southampton SO15 5UQ

4 April 2014 at 7.00pm                                                  Greta, Emma and Richard at a previous concert

at King Edward VI School, Wilton Road, Southampton           

Emma Scott-Copeland, an accomplished soprano and long term supporter of Gift of Sight, will give a concert at King Edward VI School.  The programme will be light hearted and light refreshments and wine are included in the price of £12.50. 

Southampton XL1 Tangent Club are raising funds for Gift of Sight for the year and this event will be included in their fundraising totals.  Any enquiries regarding the Concert may be made either to Ailsa at Gift of Sight or addressed to Mrs Greta Paxton c/o Gift of Sight.




Three Course Buffet Supper 8 April 2014 7pm for 7.30pm

Kuti's Brasserie, 39 Oxford Street, Southampton SO14 3DP


Please contact Ailsa if you would like to join us at Kuti's on Tuesday 8 April for a three course buffet supper costing £20 per head.  This is an informal evening to enjoy with your friends and an opportunity to meet some of the Research Team, who are always happy to discuss their work.




Rotary, New Forest Horse or Cycle Ride

17 May 2014


Please do sign up to this wonderfully organised event and raise funds for Gift of Sight.  There is the opportuity to walk, cycle or ride through parts of Burley and over the past three years I have enjoyed helping the Rotary Club by acting as 'gate lady'.  We would greatly appreciate it if you could sign up with your partner,  the family or a group of friends and participate together.  Please look at the New Forest Rotary Club website for further details.



SKYDIVE 2014  18 May 2014       Tandem Skydive with GoSkydive 


If you would like to enjoy a tandem Skydive for Gift of Sight please 'sign up' with Ailsa.  The jump will cost £225 (£50 deposit required on booking) with £200 sponsorship to be raised to support our research into blinding eye diseases.  We already have 10 brave people signed up, including two sixteen year olds (who need the parent's permission).  The team is made up of clinicians, University colleagues, friends and family.  We're hoping it may be our largest group yet.  If you are thinking of joining us please do look at the GoSkydive Charity page   and for those of you who have joined us you can find details of photographers and extra options. 26.02.14 


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



Chandlers Ford Rotary Club, ITCHEN WALK, SUNDAY 1 June 2014


Please sign up for this walk which gives a choice of two different walk lengths to suit different ages and preferences.  As with all Rotary events, 75% of sponsorship will be directed to Gift of Sight and 25% to the Rotary charities.


The  distances are almost 7 miles or a shorter walk of 3 miles, commencing at Bar End, Winchester and following a route along the Itchen Navigation to finish at Fryern Recreation Ground in Chandlers Ford.

Registration costs £10 for adults and £5 for children up to 16 years of age.

To sign up please visit : and walk for Gift of Sight.




Hythe & Waterside Rotary Club Beaulieu Walk 22 June 2014


Enjoy a walk through the private woods of the Beaulieu Estate and raise money for Gift of Sight. 

The walk will begin at 1pm with a choice of an 8k or 5k walk.  The main 8k walk begins at the Rotary Reception marquee, heading into the woods past the Treehouse Study Centre and the ‘House Built in a Day’, up through the woods to Hilltop and back around the edge of the estate and down to the finish.  The 5k route follows the same outward path, but has a short cut to rejoin the return leg of the 8k walk.

There is also a mini 1k walk around Hides Field for those not wanting to complete either of the main walks but still wishing to raise money for their chosen charity.

Complimentary refreshment will be available at the finish for all participants.

Parking and check-in for this event is in Car park 2 of the National Motor Museum which is the first car park on the left after entering the Beaulieu attraction complex.


Registration for each walker will cost £5, or a family may register together for £10 through the Rotary website.



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 diarise the date.




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.