A seated woman holds the hand of a patient undergoing surgery, inside an operating theatre.

We’ve awarded the Friends of Moorfields a three year grant to support their fantastic volunteer programme at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Moorfields Eye Charity and Friends of Moorfields are the two charities working together to support Moorfields and make a difference to the lives of people with sight loss.

We’re the main fundraising charity, funding world-leading eye research, education and patient care.

Friends of Moorfields manage the patient facing volunteer programme at Moorfields - with clinic support, patient guides, information desks and hand holders in surgical theatres and injection clinics. This extra support is one of the reasons Moorfields’ is known for having world-class patient care.

Friends volunteers provide a very important service for the trust, literally guiding people through the hospital and supporting them on their journey. Therefore we are delighted to contribute towards the core costs of running this service.

Robert Dufton, chief executive, Moorfields Eye Charity

There are currently 238 registered volunteers, who usually provide over 800 hours of support per week. Friends employ a full time volunteer services manager, and two full time volunteer support officers, who focus on expanding and developing the​‘patient facing’ volunteer service.

We are very grateful to Moorfields Eye Charity for their support. This funding helps ensure our long term sustainability and allows us to confidently move forward with expanding and developing the volunteer programme, which is so vital to the experience of patients and staff at the trust.

Angela Smith, CEO Friends of Moorfields

Project Details

Funding scheme

Patient support grant

Grant holder

Friends Of Moorfields Eye Hospital

Start date

April 2020

Amount awarded

£300,000

Grant reference

GR001181