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Ways you can help

We very much appreciate our loyal supporters without whom we would find it difficult to continue our vital work.  

Your generous contributions to Gift of Sight, including regular direct debit payments, legacies and philanthropic gifts, have helped us support our scientists in many ways. This includes purchasing vital laboratory equipment and consumables to keep the team equipped so that they can concentrate on obtaining the best results from their studies. All work is focussed on future benefits for patients who suffer from blinding eye diseases. 

Donations may be made in the following ways:

  • Online: Please use the Donate button on our website and select the fund you wish to support.
  • By cheque made payable to: Gift of Sight. Please post to Gift of Sight, Development Office, Building 37, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ
  • By BACS - please telephone 023 8059 9073 to request Bank details or email
  • By Card: If you would like to pay by card over the telephone please call 023 8059 7239 One of our colleagues will be delighted to speak with you.

All gifts mean a great deal to us. Our heartfelt thanks for your support.

Would you like to set up a fundraising event? 

We love it when people set themselves a challenge and open a JustGiving page to help with their fundraising. Please use this link to our page. If you need help we're happy to give advice so do email us at info@giftofsight if you need us!

Other ways in which you can help?

There are a variety of ways in which you can support Gift of Sight and we are always open to suggestions and ideas for fundraising, so please feel free to get in touch. Here are some ideas that work well with our valued supporters: 

A Gift in Your Will

This is the most personal type of gift and, after ensuring that your family are cared for after your death, it would be wonderful if you could consider leaving Gift of Sight a bequest in your Will. 

A legacy is a gift from one generation to the next. By remembering Gift of Sight in your Will, your legacy will help create better understanding and treatments for eye diseases. We can provide your Solicitor with the necessary details to ensure they have the correct information to include Gift of Sight in your Will.

Remember Someone Special - Memory Gifts

We are very grateful to all families and friends who decide to donate to help our research in lieu of flowers at the funeral when they are bereaved. Your kindness is very much appreciated. We remember your friends and relatives every time we visit our Memory page. Memory gifts can also be made using our 'Donate' button.

If you would like more information, please call 023 8059 9073 or email us at

Regular payments/Direct Debits

Making a regular gift via direct debit is a wonderful way to support charity appeals and enables us to look to the future in the knowledge that your kind gift is arriving in our account on a pre-determined date. The easiest way to do this is to set up a new Direct Debit using our 'Donate' button or by contacting us on 023 8059 9073 if you would like us to send a direct debit form. Alternatively, please email us at

Payroll Giving

Payroll giving is a simple, tax efficient scheme which allows employees to give money to UK registered charities by having a deduction taken from their gross pay.  It would cost an employee who pays tax at the basic rate of 20% the sum of £8 to benefit us by £10. If you would like to set up this type of donation, please talk to your employer or payroll office and then just let us know that you will be helping us in this way.

Participating in an organised event

If you sign up to take part in an event (or organise your own) please do ask us for sponsorship forms or, even better, sign up and open a JustGiving page.

We will gladly support you and issue a branded polo or t-shirt to make sure people know who you're helping.  Always happy to chat!

Charity of the Year

If you are a member of a Club which has fundraising capacity please nominate Gift of Sight as your charity of the year.

Please nominate Gift of Sight to your local Asda, Sainsburys or Waitrose store.

Inclusion in community schemes raises awareness of our work as well as giving a huge boost to our funds.

Recycle your ink cartridges

We receive funds when you send your used ink cartridges to Recycle4Charity.  The former pre-paid envelopes are no longer valid. If you are already a registered user please order new free postage labels by clicking on Donate at the top of the Recycle4Charity website here

If you don't have an account you will need to register for one using the Recycle4Charity website link (click on "Start Collecting Cartridges")  and nominate Gift of Sight as your charity. 

If you don't have a printer to download labels please contact us by email: and we'll do our best to help out!

The amounts we receive for your empty cartridges are very generous and we are hugely grateful for your support. Thank you.

Milk top bottle recycling

We regret that we will no longer be collecting milk bottle tops to raise funds for Gift of Sight. The very low remuneration received in exchange for the time and effort expended by staff and supporters is no longer viable.

We send our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported this initiative on our behalf over the years.