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Our heartfelt thanks to all friends and supporters who organise fundraising events on our behalf. Please scroll down to see all our events and do let us know if we can help with your planning - we're always happy to get involved!

Photographs of some of our events can be seen on our 'Gallery' page.


2024 Events now live! 

J S Bach St John Passion

Good Friday, 29 March 2024

We invite you to join us at Winchester College Chapel on Good Friday to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Bach’s St John Passion. Winchester Bach Voices will perform a haunting and dramatic musical depiction of the Passion of Christ, as told in the Gospel of John.

Pre-performance drinks will be served at 6pm, before the event begins at 7pm.

Date: Friday, 29 March 2024
Time: 6pm - drinks reception, 7-9pm - performance 
Venue: Winchester College Chapel, Winchester, SO23 9NA (Please see Google Maps link to the College here)
Cost: Seats in the Nave (facing musicians): £30pp
Seats in the Side Chantry (no view of musicians): £20pp

Booking linkPlease reserve your seats at the University online store

Grateful thanks to Jon Newman for organising the event. The programme will be directed by Andrew Hayman, with Sebastian Hill as Evangelist, Alex Bower-Brown as Jesus and Benjamin Watkins as Pilate. 

Please be aware that seat numbers will not be allocated – your booking reserves you a place in the nave or side chantry respectively.  When Bach wrote the manuscript it was to be performed in one piece. There will, however, be a short comfort break built into our programme. You may wish to bring a cushion for the wooden nave seats!

If you have any issues with the online booking process please telephone 023 8059 7239 to talk with one of our colleagues.

We're looking forward to seeing you on Good Friday. If you have any general enquiries (not to book)  please don't hesitate to call us on 023 8059 9073 or 023 8059 5921. If you are unable to join us we'd really appreciate it if you could please make a donation here (adding a 'tribute' of St. John Passion') to help us make this event successful.  Thank you.

Second Wind - an afternoon of light music, tea and cake! 

Second Wind Quartet event Second Wind Clarinet and Saxophone Quartet invite you to join them for an afternoon of music, including an interval with home-made cakes!

The musical journey takes you from Classical to Swing with Ragtime along the way. With most of the tunes being very well known, come for a toe tapping time, all in a good cause.Second Wind Ensemble is a group of amateur musicians who enjoy frequently playing together, and occasionally performing!

They are delighted to have this opportunity to entertain you while supporting Gift of Sight. Professor Andrew Lotery will also be there to say a few words. 

When: Sunday 28th April 2024, 2.30pm 
Where: Portswood Residents' Gardens Pavilion, 16B Abbotts Way, Southampton, SO17 1QT
How much: Free entry - Retiring collection. Interval refreshments provided. 


82O Spirits logo82O Spirits - Gin Tasting Event

When: Friday 7th June 2024, 6-8pm
Where: 82O Spirits, Shallowmead Nurseries, Lymington, SO41 8PA
Cost: £25 per person

Booking link: Visit the University of Southampton Store to book your tickets. If you have any issues with the online booking process please telephone 023 8059 7239 to talk with one of our colleagues.Winner Southampton Young Person in Business Award 2023

Enjoy a lovely relaxed evening sampling 820's gins and enjoy the surroundings at Shallowmead Nurseries, whilst Professor Lotery gives a talk on the latest eye research. Warm thanks to Tom Simpson for hosting this event at his distillery, who was the winner of the University of Southampton award for young person in business 2023.


Southampton Archery Club named Gift of Sight - Chosen Charity for 2024 

Join us for their Charity Fun Day on Saturday 20th July 2024 

Picture of an archery target with arrows. We are delighted to have been named as the 'Chosen Charity' for Southampton Archery Club for 2024. The members will be generously raising funds at various events all year round, including the main Charity event on 20 July 2024.


Venue: Hardmoor Sports Ground, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, SO50 9HT

All abilities and ages welcome. Please come along to try your hand at archery, enjoy fun games and activities as well as BBQ and refreshments. For more details about Southampton Archery Club, please visit their website here.  



Cartoon of warrior with gift of sight logo and shield Walk for Wiggly Eyes is back again with Wiggly Eyes 4! 

In May 2024 Mike Larcombe will be walking Croatia's national scenic long distance hiking trail, raising funds for Gift of Sight and Nystagmus Network. Covering a distance of over 2,200km (1,400 miles) in under 90 days Mike will be walking Croatia’s picturesque mountain trails, forest paths, coastal walks, and everything in between.  Mike tells us that he ‘always feels really honoured to do these fundraisers for our two charities  He’s very upbeat about it at the moment. Let’s hope the positivity lasts for the whole of the walk! Please encourage Mike on yet another massive challenge by donating to his JustGiving page.

Fundraising for Albinism Research

A clinical trial was originally planned to start this year as part of the Dr Helena Lee's OLIVIA study. However, the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has requested data that would require a significant amount of additional work, before giving authorisation for the trial to proceed. Unfortunately, there were no funds available to carry out this work, which means that it is now necessary to apply for new funding to get the trial underway.

Some very kind parents have offered to fundraise to help Helena's team obtain the data that will be necessary to get the trial going. We're all hugely grateful for their generosity and will be delighted if you will support them. Thank you. Here are the links to their Justgiving pages, which share their personal stories:

Abby Arrowsmith is fundraising for Dr Helena's research with Gift of Sight (

Joe Marsden is running 7 marathons in 7 days across 7 cities for Gift of Sight albinism research(

Professor Andrew Lotery is running the Cambridge Half Marathon on 3rd March 2024 with his daughter Lizzie. Please do support him via his Justgiving page:

Team Lotery is fundraising for Gift of Sight (



To everyone who has fundraised for us in 2023! Please see our Fundraising Gallery for individual events.

If you would like to become involved or simply want to find out more about the work of our vision research projects, please make contact or telephone Ailsa Walter on 02380 599073.