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.


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 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.

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

Thank you so much for considering falling out of an aeroplane to raise funds to support our research. The cost to jump is £225 (Charity Rate). A non-returnable deposit of £50 is taken on booking with £175 to be paid two weeks before the jump. We ask all jumpers to try to raise a minimum of £200 for Gift of Sight. Please do telephone our office on 023 8059 9073 to discuss the format of the day, how to book, how the system works or to talk over any other queries you may have.

If you wish to raise the cost of the jump from sponsors please do advise them and us. It's always a great help if you open a JustGiving page and manual sponsorship forms can be obtained from this office.

Please book through GoSkydive. They will tell us that you have registered and then we'll make contact with you. We do recommend that you have a good read of the GoSkydive website prior to booking and check out weight and age restrictions.

Extras to book directly with GoSkydive on top of your 10,000ft jump

If you would like to book a cameraman or upgrade your jump to 15,000ft you can book all this on your personal booking page directly with GoSkydive.

Prices are stated below :

15,000 FT

This doubles your freefall time and is the highest in the UK from Sea Level and this is an additional £49 per person.

DVD and Stills packages

Freefall cameraman is £99 each or £140 for both

Instructor wrist mounted camera is £79 each or £110 for both

To book a cameraman please go to GoSkydive using this link.

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.

Southampton Rotary Club Solent Gardeners Fayre

Sunday 30 May 2015 9.30am - 4.00pm

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. The Rotary team will be forwarding a link to their website which we can enter shortly.

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 or by sending a cheque made payable to 'Gift of Sight' to this office with a request for tickets. In both instances we will send a booking form to confirm dietary requirements.

'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.