Moorfields Eye Charity afternoon tea

Moorfields Eye Charity was delighted to welcome over 70 supporters to the Montcalm Hotel on Wednesday 28 March to say thank you and to discuss the difference that charitable giving, including gifts in wills, makes at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

Robert Dufton, chief executive of Moorfields Eye Charity

Our guests were welcomed by Robert Dufton, chief executive of Moorfields Eye Charity who started with a brief background to the history of Moorfields Eye Charity and the hospital. Robert gave thanks to our supports by saying;

So much of our current work is only possible thanks to donations from supporters, including gifts in wills. And I want to take this opportunity, on behalf of all at Moorfields to say thank you, and to let you know how much we appreciate your wonderful support.

The presentation then went into our first guest speaker Jessica Price, Emotional Support Coordinator and Eye Clinic Liaison Officer, who has a crucial role in providing vital support to those affected by sight loss.

Jessica's role was funded for the first two years though the generous support of The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Trust who are strong supporters of Moorfields and are committed to helping us deliver enhanced care to our patients.  Following the success of their two-year pilot funding, Jessica is now a substantive employee of Moorfields.  The trust itself was founded through the legacy of Marie Louise von Motesiczky, an Austrian patient, who saw first-hand through personal friendships the impact sight loss had on individuals. 

Professor Julie Daniels

The next guest speaker was Professor Julie Daniels, Professor of Regenerative Medicine & Cellular Therapy and Director of Moorfields Eye Hospital’s Cells for Sight facility.

Moorfields Eye Charity has been proud to support a range of research led by Professor Daniels and her team – and this has only been possible thanks to the support of our donors. Moorfields Eye Charity has funded £2M to help support Professor Daniels in her work, including equipment grants for incubators and ultracentrifuge and funding for a PhD studentship focused on aniridia.

In fact, Professor Daniels’s work is underpinned by a legacy gift, with an award from Moorfields Eye Charity for £1M. Charitable support, including gifts in wills, provides vital funds to help Moorfields meet its most urgent and pressing needs. Thanks to this legacy gift Moorfields was able to continue one of our pre-eminent research programme Cells for Sight, led by Professor Daniels.

The Cells for Sight team have since harnessed the potential of stem cells to develop and deliver novel cell based therapies and anti-scarring strategies for patients with blinding corneal and conjunctival disease to the benefit of many Moorfields patients.

The afternoon was closed with a final thank you from David Probert, chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital and trustee of Moorfields Eye Charity. He said:

David Probert, chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital

Moorfields Eye Charity support our mission and help Moorfields be at the very top of our field

We are always eager to show our supporters the phenomenal impact their generosity has at Moorfields. If you’d like to know more about how your gift is making a difference or would be interested in making a gift in your will, please contact us at eyecharity@moorfields.nhs.uk or by calling 020 7566 2656.