Child patient at Moorfields with thumbs up

Moorfields Eye Charity launches its impact report showing that it has grown to become the leading charity in the UK funding research into eye health and innovation and improvement in patient care. We awarded grants worth almost £50 million over the past six years.

This report gives insights into how our support of advances in research and innovation at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is benefitting patients at Moorfields Eye Hospital and people with sight loss in the UK and globally.

£49.85 million

The total amount committed between 2018 - 2024 of which £27.9 million is through our planned grant-making and £22 million towards Oriel capital construction.

This collaborative approach will reach even more people in the new centre for advancing eye health, a partnership between Moorfields, UCL and the charity. The centre is now under construction and opening in St Pancras, Camden, in 2027. Philanthropy is vital to making the new centre possible.

New eye health centre exterior entrance - architectural impression

The impact report highlights our achievements over six years of strategic plans from 2018 to 2024. We awarded 342 grants during this time.

The report focuses this year on the funding of gene therapies which are preventing people losing their sight from inherited eye disease, and treatments for myopia which is currently affecting 30% of the world’s population and forecast to rise to 50% by 2050. It includes profiles of patients and supporters.

Omar Mahroo, professor of retinal neuroscience at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields

The launch of the report coincides with the stepping down of our chair of trustees Mervyn Walker after nearly nine years of service. Mervyn has been critical in setting the charity’s strategic direction. Under his leadership, the charity in partnership with UCL has secured commitments of £72.75 million for the new eye health centre.

£72.75 million

secured in commitments so far by Moorfields Eye Charity in partnership with UCL for the new centre for advancing eye health

Dr Louise Wood CBE takes over as chair in July 2024. Louise brings experience of policy-making, strategic leadership and partnerships. She has worked at national and international levels for over 30 years in organisations dedicated to excellence in research and innovation.

Thank you to everyone who supports the charity and thank you to Mervyn for his leadership as chair of the charity. Together we’re pushing forward research and innovation at Moorfields and UCL.

Mervyn has been a driving force in shaping our strategy and helping us achieve our philanthropic growth. His commitment, passion and belief in our work has made a huge difference to people with eye conditions through the work of Moorfields and UCL. He will be greatly missed.

Robert Dufton, chief executive at Moorfields Eye Charity

Mervyn Walker, chair, Moorfields Eye Charity

I’m very proud to have been chair of Moorfields Eye Charity at a time of growth making it the leading charity for eye health it is today. It’s been a privilege to be part of major developments in the charity’s grant-making and fundraising including the philanthropy campaign for the new eye health centre.

The charity will continue to increase the scale and scope of its support and its partnerships to meet the ambitious plans of the charity, Moorfields and UCL for the years ahead.

Mervyn Walker, chair of trustees at Moorfields Eye Charity

Read our Impact Report