Eye To Eye 2018

Our annual Eye To Eye walk took place on Sunday 4 March 2018 and our amazing supporters turned out in force. After a week of snowy weather with the ‘beast from the east’ we were lucky on the day as the snow had completely melted and we even had some sunshine to start the day!

With Eye To Eye now in its fourth year,  we had over 500 supporters take part in the walk this year, these people came from all walks of life and included staff, patients, children and dogs. This year, mile makers were placed along the route to make the walk more interactive. Tim Montague and his mum, who were walking for the second year in a row, took full use of this opportunity by taking a photo at each mile marker along the route, Tim said,

Moorfields saved my right eye after an accident when I was two (nearly three) years old, and during those first few years I was a regular patient as the amazing team worked to fix the eye and rescue my sight. Twenty-six years later and I live with partial-sight in my right eye, which has no lens or iris. However, without Moorfields this eye would not be functioning at all. Every year I have returned for a check-up, and the hospital’s continually inspiring work has increased my awareness of blind and partially-sighted folk and the access services available to visually impaired people.

The funds raised through Eye to Eye go towards Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s pioneering research into eye disorders. The event is expected to raise over £100,000 which will go towards areas of eye research such as glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, and age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in adults aged over 60 in the western world. In the four years since Eye to Eye began, donations raised have helped support vital research projects, including studies exploring the genetics of keratoconus and the impact of diabetic retinopathy on the structure and function of the eye.

We had amazing support from our staff this year, who created their own teams to encourage some friendly competition. Moorfields staff teams included:

Pharmacy Ninjas: consisting of pharmacy staff from Moorfields at City Road and other network sites. 
TeamPP:  a very large team from Moorfields Private based at City Road, who were also one of our main sponsors and provided each walker with a pedometer and pens.  
Team Apprentice: to celebrate the start of National Apprenticeship Week, the Moorfields Apprenticeship team walked the EyeToEye together. 
Moorfields South:  a team of staff from Moorfields Eye Centre at St George's Hospital who are currently working at other network sites while St George's is under development. 

Team Strategy: a team of three from the Strategy department at City Road. This team was led by Jo Moss, the Director of Strategy and Business Development at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

We will post photos from the photo booth on our Facebook page, which should be uploaded shortly.These photos are credited to JPC Events who generously volunteered their services on the day for which we are very grateful for. Make sure you share and tag your friends and feel free to contact us for the original photo. 

We had a film crew on the day thanks to Alphs Productions and will send out the link to the final video as soon as it is ready. Thank you so much to Alphs Productions for volunteering their services for free.

We also wanted to give a special thank you to the UFO Steel Band group who offered their amazing music on the day, as volunteers. They have a blind and visually impaired group that play every Monday night in Ealing, if you are interested in joining their group please contact Fiona on 07775 947 300 or send them an email.










Eye to Eye will return in March 2019! Please look out for online registration opening in September 2018, or feel free to email us now to register your interest for the event.

Editors' notes:

For more information and images, contact press.office@moorfields.nhs.uk 

Moorfields Eye Charity supports the work of Moorfields Eye Hospital and its research partner, the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, making a difference for patients at the hospital and for people with sight problems around the world. It raises money to help the hospital provide the best possible care for its patients, educate the researchers and clinicians of tomorrow and support leading edge research that aims to develop new treatments for blinding diseases.

Since Eye to Eye 2016, the charity has awarded over £1.3 million through its regular grant funding programmes to support the highest quality research. Areas of research supported are: glaucoma; macular degeneration; diabetic related disease; retinal disease; corneal disease; genetic eye diseases; cataracts; ocular cancer; ocular inflammation. The type of research also varies from laboratory-based investigations into mechanisms of disease to clinically-focused studies such as developing and testing novel ways to carry out vision tests and take measurements from patients of all ages with a range of eye conditions.