Many thanks to Ann Saunders who organised an afternoon tea in Petersfield, raising over £260 for Gift of Sight and also telling a new group of people about our critical eye research projects in Southampton. Ann was joined by Sarah Price who works in Southampton Eye Unit and who was able to give a talk about the necessity of having regular eye tests.
Such a great idea and thank you so much for your time and effort on our behalf. Obviously thanks to the ladies who helped out on the day - these events are always about team work. Thank you!!
Louise signed up to raise £500 for Gift of Sight by running the Dewsbury 10k run. She has exceeded her goal and raised £631.40 which will be a tremendous help to our vision science research team.
Many thanks for your support Louise - we're all really grateful for your help.
Many thanks to the members of Freegrounds Coffee Group who meet in Hedge End on a monthly basis and who have been fundraising for Gift of Sight as their Charity of the Year.
Ann Smith presented a cheque for £450 to Ailsa, who gave a short talk on the work undertaken by our Vision Science group. It is always a pleasure to pass on details of our projects and to meet so many kind people.
Thank you all for your support for our work. Your kind donation is very much appreciated.
Over 600 tickets sold for the most recent Carol Concert held in Romsey Abbey and we were joined by a host of dignitaries and supporters. Speakers this year were Mr John Rutter CBE composer and conductor of mainly choral music, who read the poem 'The Ballad of the Bread Man' by Charles Causley. We were also honoured to hear him conduct three of his pieces. Mr Bruce Parker MBE, who is well known locally for regional television appearances and for his charity work, read from Helen Keller's article taken from the Atlantic Monthly 1933 which was well chosen and very emotive. Music was provided by Aurum Vocale with carols from a wide variety of composers including Brahms, Kenneth Leighton and John Joubert.
Professor Andrew Lotery updated guests on Gift of Sight projects over the past year. All the team join me in expressing our huge thanks to Dr Philly Sargent and her event committee for another resoundly successful event.
The Vision Science Research team in Southampton hosted the recent UK Eye Genetics Group Conference at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton. Delegates from other research institutions in the UK attended and a packed programme gave details of projects being carried out to help understand the causes of genetic mutations which cause blinding eye diseases.
Working together collaboratively means that much of the data is shared and this should help lead to the identification of novel treatments to benefit patients in the future.
Jane has been actively fundraising for us for a whole year and has exceeded her ambitious target of £5000. Huge thanks to Jane, her fabulous circle of friends who have been fundraising for her, and her family. Husband Pete and sons Ed and Oliver have been a tremendous support and have been there for Jane all the way. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to join in with Jane's events and I know that we'll keep in touch.
Heartfelt thanks to you all.
The fabulous sum of £525 was presented to Ailsa following inclusion in the Waitrose 'Community Matters' scheme in August 2015. This is a fabulous sum and an invaluable source of income which also brings us to the attention of shoppers, increasing awareness of the work of scientists in the University of Southampton Thank you Waitrose and thank you shoppers for helping to support our research in this way.
Heartfelt thanks to the Directors of Specsavers, Lymington (David Macro and Neil Constantine-Smith) who are both hugely supportive of Gift of Sight. A cheque was presented at the time of the opening of the enlarged premises on the 16 July and was received by Mr Jay Self, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Southampton and Ailsa Walter (Gift of Sight).
The team at Specsavers, Lymington continuously fundraise for Gift of Sight and value the fact that translational research (from clinic to laboratory) will help patients to experience the opportunity of the latest treatments on offer in clinics.
Jackie and her team have raised funds to support Jane Hannifan's year of fundraising by entering their pedal car in the British Pedal Car Grand Prix which was held at Ringwood on Sunday 10 July. The team members - Jackie, Jo, Emma and Denise were helped by Rob and Tom 'in the pit'. Ellie and Chelsea came along in their eyeball costumes to give support and we all had a great time following the team's two hour push. The team came second in the ladies group which was a great result.
Many thanks to the staff of Kingfisher Activities and to the residents who helped raise the sum of £385.52 for Gift of Sight. The same amount was raised for the New Milton Stroke Association with a representative also attending the summer fete on the 16 July. Luckily the weather was warm and sunny and we all enjoyed a cream tea in the fabulous garden. Thank you to everyone for this substantial support for our work and for raising the profile of Gift of Sight in another area.
Grateful thanks to Jess Edwards and her team at the Santo Lounge in Shirley, Southampton who raised £490 during the month of June to support our vision research projects. Events included a bingo evening, a cake sale and a raffle and we know that the team put masses of energy and enthusiasm into every event. Huge thanks from us all.
Prof Lotery, Dr Hussein Almuhtaseb, Sara Kearsey and Sharon Ketley from Southampton Eye Unit were joined by Pete Dobson, who is related to a patient, to abseil down the Emirates Spinnaker tower on Sunday 19th June to raise funds.
Thank you all for being such great sports, facing a tremendous challenge and raising a huge amount for Gift of Sight. The money is still being counted so we'll add the total in due course.
Gina Graham, one of the Directors from Romsey Specsavers, competed in the Cotswold Half Iron Man to raise funds for Gift of Sight. A gruelling race consisting of a swim of 1.2 miles, 56 mile cycle and finishing with a 13.1 mile run. Many thanks Gina for all your achievements and well done on coming 2nd in your category.
Sally Haines and Jason Gould feel so passionate about eye research funded by Gift of Sight that they decided to ask family and friends to support us in lieu of wedding gifts. Their generosity has led to gifts of over £3,000 being donated.
Jason suffers from Macular Oedema and has participated in one of Professor Lotery's research programmes.
We are honoured to have been a part of Jason and Sally’s special day and very grateful for their kindness and generosity.
Meg, Kim and Abbie completed the 'Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge' in just under 12 hours of blazing sunshine.
Well done to all of you. Great to see the Gift of Sight logo at the peak of Pen Y Ghent!
Well done to Ellie Keeling, Chelsea Norman and Rhiannon Page who all completed the ABP Southampton Half Marathon for Gift of Sight. Between them they have raised over £1,000. Fabulous result.
Many thanks to Kuti's Brasserie in Oxford Street Southampton who enabled us to host a curry night which rasied over £600 for paediatric eye research. Patients, colleagues and supporters sat down to an amazing three course meal and listened to an update on developments in children's eye care from Consultant Paediatric Opthalmologist Mr Jay Self.
Pete Dobson took part in the Paris Marathon on April 3 to raise funds for Gift of Sight.
50,000 runners so an amazing event to participate in.
Pete completed the course in 6 hours, 7 minutes and 11 seconds which sounds pretty good.
Well done Pete and thank you for your support.
Once again Greta hosted a coffee morning and 'bring and buy' at her home to raise funds for Gift of Sight. Approximately 60 people popped in and Ailsa updated them with news of current research projects.
Over £1,000 was raised which is a phenomenal achievement.
Huge thanks to Greta for her energy, enthusiasm and fundraising ability and to all her fabulous friends for their support both for her and Gift of Sight.
Dr Karen Malone took part in the Marathon des Sables (a gruelling multi stage adventure through the formidable landscape of the Sahara desert) commencing her challenge on the 10 May. Karen raised an amazing £876 for Gift of Sight. She was devastated not to be able to finish the race because of various factors, the worst being dehydration. Well done and thank you Karen for having the courage to train and enter such a demanding challenge and we all hope that you have now fully recovered.
Jackie Davies organised another successful fundraising event in Southampton Eye Unit, all beautifully organised as usual with her home made cakes, a tombola and raffle. Huge thanks to patients and staff who supported her yesterday. A wonderful cake, donated by 'The Cake Lady', is still being raffled and we shall give a final total raised in due course.
We would like to pass on our thanks to local companies who helped Jackie by donating prizes and to her friends who also provided gifts. Heartfelt thanks again to Jackie for all her hard work and also to Lisa Skellon for helping on the day raising a tremendous sum for children's eye research.
Matt and Shellie Hunter generously invited guests at their wedding to donate funds to support our Children's Eye Research programme and raised a tremendous £1213 through JustGiving and donations at the wedding breakfast.
Shellie visitied Southampton Eye Unit with their daughter Mylie, meeting Dr Jay Self who accepted the final coins and expressed his sincere and heartfelt thanks for this fabulous help. Thanks also to all friends and relatives who joined in and donated so generously.
Ailsa enjoyed a fabulous afternoon with Warsash Flower Club on the 20 November 2015 watching a flower demonstration and then receiving a fabulous cheque for £1010. Additional donations made increased the amount of funds raised. Christine is a regular supporter of Gift of Sight and has attended many of our events and Pam introduced us to another group who have fundraised for us. Huge thanks to both of you and all the members of Warsash Flower Club for their heartwarming support and interest.