News and Events


NEWS



Clinicians at University Hospital Southampton are commencing a trial using a new drug that can slow the progression of geographic atrophy, a currently untreatable form of blindness, known as 'Dry' age-related macular degeneration.

Clinicians working in University Hospital, Southampton are leading UK trials of a new drug that could slow the progression of a currently untreatable form of blindness. Patients who have suffered some visual loss as a result of geographic atrophy (GA) an advanced form of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are receiving injections of lampalizumab. It is believed the treatment, now in its final clinical trial phase, could reduce progression of the area of damage in most sufferers by around 20% - but by 44% in some with a particular genetic feature.

Despite accounting for 90% of all cases of AMD, the leading cause of blindness in the UK affecting around 500,000 people over the age of 50, there are currently no approved treatments for the early, intermediate or advanced forms of this disease.

Anyone with geographic atrophy who would like to be considered for the study should contact Marie Nelson on 023 8120 5266 or email marie.nelson@uhs.nhs.uk. Patients who have had previous treatment for wet AMD are unfortunately not suitable for the study.

If suitable to participate in the trial patients in Southampton will be assessed in a purpose-built research clinic which has been made possible by support from Gift of Sight.




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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EVENTS





Chris Browning is swimming 10k in the River Dart 5 September 2015



Chris will be fundraising for us again by swimming 10k in the River Dart. His previous fundraising escapades include cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats and participating in a Skydive. Chris has been training hard and please reward all his work by donation through his JustGiving page.







Open Sight 'Eye Contact' Exhibition 24 September 2015 - Entrance free

Ageas Bowl, West End, Southampton SO30 3XH 10.00am - 6.00pm (Last admission 5.30pm)


This regular event is organised to support blind and partially sighted people and exhibitors include support teams, vision aids etc.

Professor Andrew Lotery will be speaking at 1.30pm. Please make enquiries regarding the event to the Open Sight team on 02380 641244







Cycling round Rutland Water for Gift of Sight 29 September 2015


This year, Gleeds is celebrating 130 years in business and to mark the occasion they are aiming to raise £130,000 for charities across the world in one week.
From 21 to 25 September, their 56 global offices will be taking part in the Gleeds Global Challenge.

Callum Withers and a team at Gleeds in Nottingham will be cycling 23 miles around Rutland Water to raise funds for Gift of Sight. Please help us by donating to them through this link.





Rotary Romsey Test Way Walk Sunday 11 October 2015



Once again the Romsey Rotarians are setting up the Test Way Walk which is an amazing chance for supporters to raise funds for charities.

If you would like to help us move our research projects forward please do consider walking one of the distances for us. To register please visit the Rotary website which gives details of the routes and booking requirements. Please do let us know if you will be walking for us so that we give you a Gift of Sight shirt to wear and we can pop along to support you on the way.






Tombs and Allen Morrison's Great South Run 25 October 2015


Patrick Allen has opened a JustGiving page for 'team' Tombs and Allen running the Great South Run to raise funds for Gift of Sight.


Huge thanks to everyone who has put themselves forward for this challenge and please support them, and us, through giving on their JustGiving page.







Rotary Club of Southampton Magna 'Christmas Market' £20 per ticket
Wednesday 18 November 2015 Doors open 6.00pm Dinner from 7.00pm



This event is a regular annual occurrence at Haskins, West End and we have been chosen as the beneficiary charity this year. The cost of the ticket includes entrance to Haskins, a welcome drink and three course meal, raffle and a 10% VIP Haskins discount card which will help dissipate the cost of any Christmas shopping undertaken! Stalls will be set up, including a Gift of Sight Cake stall, although prices in this area will not be discounted. We are also hoping that the Gregg School will provide carol singing which will get us all in the 'Christmas spirit'.

10% of the profit made on the evening will go to Rotary Charities with the remaining amount benefitting Gift of Sight.

Tickets are not yet on sale but will be available in due course from Shaun Butler and James Lapage (Rotarians) and their numbers will be added to our website once booking is open. Just a few final boxes to tick and we'll be up and running.






Craft and Gift Fair 28 November 2015 11.00am - 3.00pm

The Gregg School, Townhill Park House, Cutbush Lane, Southampton SO18 3RR

Entrance Fee £2

Huge and grateful thanks to the Gregg School who have chosen to support Gift of Sight at their Craft and Gift Fair this year. All the stall spaces have been booked so please do come along and say hello to us on the day. We'll be there and helping with the raffle and would love to see some familiar faces.







Gift of Sight Carol Concert in Romsey Abbey

Friday 11 December 2015 : 6.30 - 8.00pm


Bookings will not commence until the beginning of October and this note will be completed at that time: For information, however, the following information may be useful.



Bookings can me made through www.musicinromsey.ticketsource.co.uk or Romsey Tourist Information Centre, 13 Church Street, Romsey, SO51 8BT. Tel: 01794 512987

Ticket prices will be the same as last year : £35 (reserved, front of nave), £30 (reserved nave) and £25 (unreserved but with excellent acoustics and CCTV.




THANK YOU



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 info@giftofsight.org.uk or telephone Ailsa Walter on 02380 599073.