Member Margaret Gilmour’s marmalade-making skills have resulted in £150 being donated to BUS – one single pot of marmalade was raffled at our local north west meeting in Manchester and made around £70, plus a further £80 was raised from sales to local friends in Bolton. Personally, I think Margaret’s marmalade is ‘to die for’ – and she has inspired me to have a go next year during the marmalade orange season. Margaret enters her marmalade regularly in the World’s Original Marmalade Festival in Cumbria, this year achieving ‘silver’ (18/20).
Dress-down Friday – matched donation from Shire’s Leasing
Just over £300 was donated to us by members of staff at Shire’s Leasing when they had a dress-down Friday in support of Birdshot. Everybody was encouraged to make a donation of just £1.00 to come to work in casual clothes. And to help even more, the company matched the donations received. It really is an easy way to raise a bit of money for birdshot research. Thanks go to the organiser and Helen George, a member of their staff who has birdshot. Helen has also done a great job at raising awareness amongst her work colleagues, which is also a really important thing to do, as it may help people to get eye conditions diagnosed more promptly.
Gifts in memory of Uwe Ploog
BUS has received a number of generous gifts in memory of Uwe Ploog, a Moorfields birdshot patient who took part in the pilot ‘red light’ study which is continuing. His wife decided to request donations to BUS and the Pituitary Foundation instead of sending flowers in his memory. The gifts to BUS will be used to go towards future birdshot research. We would like to thank all who kindly donated in this way.
One of the ways in which it is easy and quite painless to give to BUS is to make a small monthly donation by Direct Debit via the Just Giving site. We’d like to thank the member who signed up to this last month. If you are also interested in doing this, just click the following: https://www.justgiving.com/birdshotuveitissociety and select ‘make a monthly donation’. You will also be able to see some of the ways other people have raised money for BUS on the Just Giving donation page.
Next month we will be holding our annual clay pigeon shoot on election day, 8th June! This is our major fundraising event and we are hoping the sun will shine. We have one of our leading clinicians as guest speaker and Lord Jeffery Archer will again be auctioning the fabulous prizes which will be on offer.
BUS’s grateful thanks go to everyone who helps us raise funds. Our administration costs are virtually non-existent, so nearly all money raised goes towards our charity objectives.