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Help Chris raise money for Moorfields Eye charity

We’ve just received the following from Chris Hames, one of our members which we would like to promote.  He’d really appreciate your support!

Like a fool & something to do on a Sunday I have elected to cycle the London Surrey 100 cycle ride on the 10th August 2014. I thought for my effort it would be a good idea to raise some money for Moorfields Eye Charity & aim to raise at least £550. I do do some cycling when it is not windy & the sun is shining, but to date (two weeks ago) my maximum has been 51 miles & I did spectate on the Tour De France at the weekend just to see “how easy” it is (still not convinced). Any way, if you can post my link on the website https://www.justgiving.com/chris-Hames1/, I would appreciate as much support as I can to gee me up Box Hill & Leith Hill, finishing on the Mall hopefully will be the easy bit.

Many thanks,

Chris Hames.

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Exciting news from Maryland, USA

BUS recently received an invitation below and would like to advertise the following Uveitis event and encourage members to attend if they live  close by and are are interested and able.  It’s a great initiative and gives you an opportunity to meet others who suffer from Birdshot and learn more about the Birdshot and Uveitis research that is being undertaken at the Wilmer Eye Institute. Continue reading

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Carrots NightWalk 2014

BUS is delighted to announce that we are once again a partner charity involved in the Fight for Sight Carrots NightWalks. These fun night-time sponsored walks are helping to raise thousands of pounds for research to prevent sight loss and to treat eye disease. Fight for Sight small grants awards have already benefited birdshot research. Continue reading

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Forthcoming dates for your diary

Following on from the success of last year’s birdshot events, in 2014 BUS has decided to hold:

  • two social events which will also incorporate talks about the research that BUS is helping to fund
  • a fundraising clay pigeon shoot, and
  • we will also be entering a team of walkers for the Fight for Sight Carrots Nightwalk

London social meetings and talks

The London social meetings and talks co-incide with bank holiday weekends. We hope this will make it easier to attend if you don’t live in the south east. The socials will provide an opportunity to socialise with other birdshotters and a chance to learn more about our birdshot uveitis research.   The meetings will be held in the delightful environment of a historic Thames barge located in St Katherine’s Dock. As before, a buffet lunch and drink will be provided.

  • Saturday 3rd May 2014 London social meeting with Professor Glen Jeffery from UCL and the Institute of Ophthalmology talking about the red light therapy research being carried out at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
  • Saturday 23rd August 2014 with Dr Graham Wallace from Birmingham University talking about the development of the birdshot bio-resource centre and national birdshot database.

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Fundraisers

  • 2nd birdshot shoot and auction on Wednesday 21st May 2014.   The venue (Royal Berkshire Shooting Club)  and cost of tickets will be identical to last year.  If you are interested in taking part as an individual or entering as a team, (4 guns), please register your interest now, because places are already going fast.
  • Carrot’s Night Walk – BUS will again be entering a team of walkers for the Fight for Sight Carrots Night walk.  The date and details have yet to be confirmed, but it will be on a Friday night in September.

If you are interested in coming along to the socials/talks, or taking part in the fundraising events please do get in touch and make a note in your diaries.  Email: info at birdshot.org.uk

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Raffled Quilt raises £356.00

We are delighted to tell you that we recently received a cheque for £356.00.  This was raised through the sale of raffle tickets for this beautiful handmade quilt. (below).

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It was made by BUS member who got in touch with us a few months ago to say that her quilting group had decided to nominate BUS as the beneficiaries of a raffle being held at the Royston Arts Festival at the end of September. Below are a couple of picture of some of the other quilts which were also on display.

Quilting exhibition in HItchin raises money for BUS via a raffle of a quilt

Quilting exhibition raises £356.00 for BUS by raffling a handmade quilt

Thank you so much for your support.  We are delighted to receive the raffle proceeds and  also learn that a lot of interest was generated about Birdshot Uveitis as a result of the raffle.

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Carrots Night walk success! Over £7,000 raised

photo5It’s not too late to contribute to the teams efforts!  You can do so by visiting http://www.bmycharity.com/birdshotcarrotsnightwalk.

Thank you to all the walkers who took part in the Carrots Night Walk on Friday 20th September and helped to raise over £7000 towards a future Small Grant award for Birdshot Research.  This is a stunning result from a small group of Birdshotters, their friends and family.

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We had walkers travelling from as far as Leeds to the London walk and one walker who lives in Shrewsbury who walked in Birmingham.  It was Lesley Fisher and Claudia Wilson-Barrett’s 2nd Carrot walk for BUS.

Many of you will also know eye clinic sister, Claudia Wilson-Barrett from your visits to the Moorfield’s and Croydon University Hospital eye clinics.  This year she did the 6 mile walk accompanied by her two small daughters.

Many thanks to Lesley who bravely took on the roll of team co-ordinator, making sure that people met up on the night and providing some of the photographs for the website!2 Birdshotters and a friend View across Thames

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Triumphant walkers afterwards

Before the walk above, and below,  after it was all over.  We can’t believe how fresh you all look!

We cant thank you enough!

Triumphant family team from Leeds with Lesley Fisher

Triumphant family team from Leeds with Lesley Fisher

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Quilt Raffle

quilt Recently BUS member Maureen,  got in touch with us to say that her quilting group had decided to nominate BUS as the beneficiaries of a  raffle being held at the Royston,  Arts Festival on the 28th and 29th September 2013.

Maureen is a keen quilter and made the beautiful quilt being raffled, herself. We are delighted to advertise the event in case any of our members would like to drop in or even join the quilting group.

Here is a bit about Priory Quilters  which Maureen belongs to:

Priory Quilters started twenty years ago – we are celebrating our birthday with a garden party in August. There have been times when membership has been about 100 but now we have between 20 and 30 members. We meet once a month in the evening and have speakers, do it ourselves evenings and help desks. Also once a month some of us meet in the afternoon. We hold workshops and UFO (unfinished objects) days on the occasional Saturday and usually have one outing a year. Our quilt show is held in association with the Royston Arts Festival every two years. This year the show is on September 28 and 29 in the upstairs room at the Town Hall, Royston Hertfordshire SG8 7DA,  from 10 to 4.30. There is disabled access and entry is free. New members are always welcome.

Thank you so much for taking this initiative.  We wish you the best of luck and look forward to hearing how it all goes and if any member wants to pop into the exhibition, we know Maureen will be delighted to see you.

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70th Birthday raises nearly £850 for Birdshot Research

Many, many thanks to BUS member Hamamelis/Opodeldoc for using the opportunity of her 70th birthday to fund-raise for BUS. She kindly organised three celebration parties for neighbours, family, friends and ex-work colleagues, and asked for donations for Birdshot Research in lieu of the presents that one normally receives. The plan was a great success and everyone had a jolly good time. As a result of the generosity of all the party-goers, BUS has received donations worth almost £850. We’d like to thank Hamamelis/Opodeldoc for doing this, and we are delighted to have benefited from her magnificent efforts. Who would have thought that you just had to have a birthday to raise this kind of money?

Thank you so much – we suspect that organising three parties was quite a lot of work, but well worth the effort, and of course it all helps to educate people about our eye condition.

Thank you so much

Team Birdshot