Winter Benefit – tickets now available! | SueW

Winter Benefit – tickets now available!

We are thrilled to announce that tickets are now available for our first Winter Benefit – it promises to be a fun evening and a great excuse to get together, party and raise much-needed funds.

DATE:            Saturday 3rd November

VENUE:        The Rifles Club,52-56 Davies Street,London W1K

TICKETS:     £80 each

The evening will commence at 7.30pm with a champagne & canapé reception, followed by a three course dinner with wine, and dancing until the early hours!

Fundraising activities during the night will include a silent auction and raffle. We are looking for companies to help sponsor the event and also for prizes, so if anyone has suggestions for either or if you would like to order tickets please contact either lorraine@birdshot.org.uk or suew@birdshot.org.uk

We look forward to seeing you there!

Winter Benefit – tickets now available! | SueW

Easyfundraising.org.uk – please sign up and raise funds for free!

This website does exactly what it says – you can raise money for BUS every time you shop online and it won’t cost you anything, it’s that easy! Simply sign up at www.easyfundraising.org.uk and specify “Birdshot Uveitis Society” as the charity for which you are raising funds, then every time you make any purchase online you just need to do so via the easyfundraising website and the retailer will automatically make a donation to BUS. There is absolutely no cost to you, the site covers all of the major online retailers, and BUS benefits from a donation.

I recently booked the flights for a family holiday this way and we just got a donation of £17.85!

Please, if you do even a little shopping online, sign up today, we really do need your help!

Winter Benefit – tickets now available! | SueW

Next SE/London Meeting – June 9th 2012 with exciting new research update!

The next meeting for Birdshot Friends in the London/SE area will be held on Saturday 9th June, from 10.30am – 1.00pm at St Thomas’s Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH.

The meeting will take place in South Wing Lecture Theatre on the Ground Floor, near to the eye department. We might even go for lunch afterwards!

Joining us will be Professor Glen Jeffrey who has some new research to share with us and who is asking for our help – very exciting!!

There will also be some other guests on the day – watch this space!! – and plenty of opportunity to chat and catch up on all things Birdshot!

Everyone is welcome! If you are planning to come along please do e mail us at southeast@birdshot.org.uk

We look forward to seeing you there!

South East Team x

Winter Benefit – tickets now available! | SueW

Help Us Make Birdshot a Priority For Research!

We are re-posting this, as the survey ends on 31 July, and we need as many responses as we can get, in order to make sure that Birdshot becomes a priority for research.  If you have not already done so, please complete this survey.  It is quick and simple to do.  We have posted some ideas about what kind of research is needed into Birdshot at the end of this post, to help stimulate debate, and give you some ideas.  Remember that the more people who respond mentioning Birdshot, the more likely we are to get Birdshot as a priority!

The Sight Loss and Vision Survey is a joint initiative between Fight for Sight, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, The College of Optometrists, the National Institute of Health Research, RNIB and The James Lind Alliance.  It has been set up to find those areas of research that have not yet been identified.  For us with Birdshot, this is really important, as we have a rare disease, and very little research has been carried out to date.  This is our opportunity to get Birdshot (and other rare, auto-immune forms of posterior uveitis) on the national agenda.  Because the survey will be completed by patients, it will have great credibility and it is hoped that funds can then be identified for some of the research needs.

The James Lind Alliance is a non-profit making organisation, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, which will oversee this initiative ensuring the exercise produces an unbiased result, with equal weighting being given to each of the participating groups – so your opinion really will count.

The Sight Loss and Vision Survey will allow you to identify your most pressing questions about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Birdshot.

The more Birdshotters that complete the survey the more likely we are to be able to influence the research agenda and receive valuable funding from the government for research into Birdshot – we really do need you to take part.

To complete the survey and learn more about this initiative please visit www.sightlosspsp.org.uk where you will find both the online survey and can request alternative formats – post/fax or telephone.

The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete so please take this opportunity to represent Birdshot and help change the future of eye research.

Thank you!

1.  What causes Birdshot?

2.  Which part of the immune system becomes disregulated?

3.  How do you re-regulate the immune system without damaging the body?

4.  How can we find less toxic medication that does not adversely affect mental health and quality of life, but preserves vision?

5.  How can we ensure early detection of Birdshot to prevent sight loss?

6.  What are the genetic links and why are several generations of some families affected, and why does it seem to affect mainly Caucasians?

7.  Why is there a ‘spectrum’ of Birdshot?

8.  Why do different people respond differently to different medication regimes?

9.  Why is Birdshot treated systemically with toxic medications which adversely affect mental health and quality of life, when it seems to be confined to the eyes?

10.What does the link to HLA A29 mean in relation to treatment?

11.  What is the risk/benefit analysis of toxic treatment to prevent blindness versus blindness?

12.  What are the long term costs to health and social care of blindness which could have been prevented through the use of off license or off label medications?

13.  Is Birdshot best treated by ophthalmologists or should a clinical specialism of immunology be developed?

14.  Can holistic therapies such as acupuncture, meditation, hypnotherapy help in preventing or treating Birdshot?

15.  Can supplements, such as vitamin D or other therapies treat Birdshot less toxically than current medications?

 

Winter Benefit – tickets now available! | SueW

London/SE Birdshot Friends First Meeting

Last Saturday we had the first meeting of London/SE Birdshot friends and 18 people attended including some friends only recently diagnosed.

We spent a lot of time talking, exchanging experiences and debating ideas, and eating sandwiches and cake!

Some of the main points to come out of the meeting were:

  • Carrot Walk – we need 30 volunteers to join the Fight for Sight Carrot Walk to help us raise funds for research.
  •  Vitamin D – some friends reporting positive results from taking Vitamin D.
  •  High Street Opticians – identified by many friends as being a week link in the chain of diagnosis which can delay treatment. We are looking to find ways to improve the education of opticians.
  •  Volunteers to help educate medical staff identify Birdshot – we are going to compile a register of Birdshot Friends who would be willing to volunteer to let medical staff examine their eyes to familiarise them with Birdshot as and when required. Please let us know if you would be willing.
  • Volunteers to accompany patients to appointments at Moorfields – Appointments can be quite daunting on your own when you are first diagnosed with Birdshot.   We’d like to build up a register of  anyone willing to accompany newly diagnosed patients.  We have had a few offers from people willing  to do this already.  Do please get in touch with us if you would like to help new diagnosed people in this way.
  • Volunteers for Hypnotherapy sessions – Lorraine is doing a degree in Hypnotherapy and would like volunteers for case studies, others on her course would also be keen for volunteers across London & SE. Hypnotherapy is well known for helping stress and so could help all of us! Please e mail BUS if you would like to be involved and we will pass on your details to her.

The next meeting will be in June and we will let you know more details nearer the time and hope even more Birdshot friends will be able to attend.

Winter Benefit – tickets now available! | SueW

London/SE Meeting 21st January – more details!

Happy New Year! We hope you had a good festive season.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on 21st January from 1.30pm at St John’s Hall, New North Road, London N1 6JB. We will be providing tea, coffee and biscuits.

Sandra has very kindly worked out directions to the hall:

 From Old Street Station  10 min walk

  • Exit one, go up stairs to the right and stay on that side and keep going straight.
  • First sign you will see is Brunswick Place  carry on past and you will pass the Premier Inn
  • Next sign Chart Street,  on left side of road you will see City College,
  • Next sign Haberdasher Estate also there is a Barclays Bike station and a Tesco Express.
  • Then you will see a set of traffic lights and a green coloured shop on corner
  • Look to your left and there is a GREEN HUT and Barclays Bike Station
  • The GREEN HUT is St John’s Hall

From Moorfields Main Entrance  7 min walk

  • Go Right towards Old Street Station
  • At first set of traffic lights cross and go down Provest Street, there is a bus stop from which St John’s Hall is one stop
  • or carry on walking and follow the road round into Vestry Road, near the top of road on left  you will see Nile Street Dentist
  • At top of the road turn left into East Road, you will see Tesco Express and a set of traffic lights with a green coloured shop on corner.
  • Cross at lights and straight in front you is a GREEN HUT and Barclays Bike Station
  • The GREEN HUT is St Johns Hall

From  Moorfields Main Entrance  7 min walk

  • Go left towards Angel, cross the road at the traffic lights, there is a cafe on the corner.
  • Turn into Sheppness Walk, from here you can either:
  • Get 394 bus from the stop opposite the police station to Minton Street which  is about 5 bus stops.
  • Get off the bus at Minton Street and go right past the Beehive Pub.
  • In front of you is a green coloured shop, turn left just before the shop and you will see a GREEN HUT and Barclays Bike Station
  • The GREEN HUT is St Johns Hall

OR

  • Walk up to traffic lights, turn left into Murrey Grove, half way down there are some shops.
  • At traffic lights at end of road look straight across and you will see GREEN HUT and Barclays Bike Station
  • The GREEN HUT is St Johns Hall

If you are definitely planning on coming on the 21st please could you reply “yes” to southeast@birdshot.org.uk so that we have an idea of numbers and please could you also let us know if you are travelling from Kent.

If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact us, we hope to see everyone on the 21st.

Kind regards

 

Sue, Sandra & Lesley.

Winter Benefit – tickets now available! | SueW

Date confirmed for 1st London/SE Birdshot friends meeting!

Thank you to those of you in the London/SE area who have already expressed an interest in meeting up – everyone is welcome!

We are pleased to confirm that the 1st meeting for Birdshot friends in the London/SE area will be on Saturday 21st January from 1.30pm at St John’s Hall, New North Road, London N1 which is close to Moorfields.

Further information will be provided nearer the time but please keep the date free in your diary.

If you let us know from where you will be travelling we will try to advise the easiest route.

We look forward to meeting you there!

 

 

Winter Benefit – tickets now available! | SueW

Calling all South-East/London based Birdshot Friends!

A number of us met up recently to discuss the forthcoming Birdshot Day and we all found it so useful to be able to talk with other people with the disease and swop experiences and advice that we’ve decided to set up a local group for those around the London area. The first meeting is planned for a Saturday at the end January/early February 2012 somewhere near to Moorfields. Date and venue to be confirmed nearer the time but if you are keen to attend please e mail us at southeast@birdshot.org.uk. We look forward to seeing you there!”

 

Sue, Lesley and Sandra