Fight for Sight (UK)
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (September 2008)|
Fight for Sight is a UK charity dedicated to funding research into the prevention and treatment of blindness and eye disease.
Since 1965 the charity has been funding medical research into a wide range of eye conditions, including macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataract, corneal eye disease, trachoma, diabetic retinopathy as well as a wide range of inherited eye diseases and the causes of childhood blindness .
The charity funds researchers based at universities and hospitals throughout the UK and those undertaking research in the UK and overseas.
Fight for Sight in the UK is unaffiliated with the organization also named Fight for Sight (U.S.) in the United States.
Fight for Sight was founded in 1965 by Professor Norman Ashton CBE, Director of Pathology at the Institute of Ophthalmology. In the same year, the Prevention of Blindness Research Fund (which later became the British Eye Research Foundation) was established with funds raised by the Royal Eye Hospital League of Friends. In 1989, Prince Andrew, Duke of York became Fight for Sight’s Royal Patron.
Fight for Sight as it exists today evolved through a merger of Fight for Sight and the British Eye Research Foundation in 2005. This merger created the largest national charity dedicated to funding eye research in the UK.
Vision and mission
Fight for Sight’s mission statement is “Funding world class research into the prevention and treatment of blindness and eye disease”
The charity’s aim is to fund research that increases knowledge that leads to prevention, cures and improved treatments of all the major eye diseases and offers a better quality of life to patients.
Fight for Sight is governed by a board of Trustees who meet at least four times a year to agree the strategy and areas of activity for the charity. There are 12 Trustees on the board.
- "Charity overview". Charity-commission.gov.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-04.