4th Birdshot Clay Pigeon Shoot

For the fourth time in as many years, the beautiful Royal Berkshire Shooting School was the venue for John Hall’s Birdshot Uveitis Charity Clay Shoot day, sponsored by John F Hunt. The weather was not very early June-like, but it did not prevent the 28 teams of four having tremendous fun on the 10 stands provided. Top team, winning engraved whiskey tumblers, were the Greenshield JCB’s ‘Marksmen’ team: James Pengilley, Paul Poulter, Andy Skilton and Alex Cobb, with a superb score of 437, some way ahead of their rivals. Top gun was Paragon’s Richard Estrop of the creatively named ‘Paragon Pigeon Punishers’ team, while Carol Limehouse carried away the prize for Top Lady.

Before the auction, Miles Stanford, Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, gave a brief talk about the current research being done on Birdshot Uveitis, a rare and potentially blinding eye condition. Lord Archer did the honours as auctioneer, as usual managing to extract money from people but leaving them with large grins on their faces.

The day raised approximately £50,000 for the Birdshot Uveitis Society (BUS). John Hall and all those at BUS would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed to this enjoyable and successful day.

Below is a link to a slide show which gives a flavour for the day.  Photographs courtesy of Chris Warren  www.photoshoot.uk.com and www.chriswarrenphotography.com




New Birdshot journal article published

BUS is delighted to announce that a new article which we have been helping to write, along with other much better-known and qualified researchers, has been published in Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases: “Birdshot chorioretinopathy: current knowledge and new concepts in pathophysiology, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment.”  It is long and quite detailed, but for those who want to know the detail, we think this is really informative and certainly up-to-date.  (May 2016)

Evangelos Minos, Robert J. Barry, Sue Southworth, Annie Folkard, Philip I. Murray, Jay S. Duker, Pearse A. Keane and Alastair K. Denniston. May 2016  http://ojrd.biomedcentral.com/art…/10.1186/s13023-016-0429-8

Orphanet is the European portal for rare diseases: http://ojrd.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13023-016-0429-8


Navigating the City workshop

BUS has been contacted by Jo Morrison who is working with University College London’s ‘Gene and Cell Therapy Group’ and Moorfield’s Eye Hospital to run a one-day creative workshop, ‘Navigating the City’, at Moorfields on 19 March 2016. The workshop aims to bring together a community of research scientists from UCL with people experiencing sight loss, in order to better understand the ways in which those with visual impairment navigate the city. The outputs from the day will help to inform further research into sight loss.

This workshop is aimed primarily at participants whose vision is impaired by inherited conditions such as Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, Stargardt’s Disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa and Chromatopsia, but they have also extended the invitation to people who suffer from Birdshot. It will be a friendly, informal and collaborative activity. Attached is the leaflet that they sent me. Please get in touch with me at info@birdshot.org.uk  or contact Andi Skilton directly (his details are in the below link) if you are interested in going.

Further details here: Navigating the City

Birdshot Voices

Dr Tracy Craggs has been listening to people talk about sensitive issues for the past 20 years, including asking Holocaust survivors and members of the armed forces to share their experiences. Her interviews have been used for a variety of educational purposes. She was delighted to be asked to attend our recent Birdshot Day No 3 and listen to some of our attendees talk about their lives since diagnosis.

Birdshot graphic designer David Bethell, has been doing the editing and putting them into a presentable format. David will be adding more when they are ready. It’s very enlightening to listen to each individuals story.  http://www.yungcloud.com/index.php…

The interviews are with:-

  • 5 members of BUS, living with birdshot
  • 1 partner of someone with birdshot
  • Health professionals, treating the condition
  • Exhibitors at the Birdshot Day
  • and Friends of BUS

There are further interviews from our first Birdshot day held in September 2010  which might also be of interest.   https://audioboom.com/users/67238/boos

Birdshot T Shirts, Hats, Badges and Bags for sale!

Because of popular demand, the Birdshot Uveitis Society is pleased to be offering the following unique Birdshot promotional items for sale.  Any profit made will be used to support the work of the Birdshot Uveitis Society.

T Shirt

Good quality cotton, available in small, medium, large, X large and XX large.  £10.00 plus postage and packing. Please click on the tab below to select the size you want to purchase, then add to cart. T shirt modelled by BUS member, Joanne at the Birdshot Day No 3.
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Black Peaked Cap

These are printed with Birdshot logo in reverse.  They are available in one size,  £5.00 plus postage and packing.  (Hat, modelled below by BUS member,  Robert.)

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Cotton Shopping Bag

One size bag measuring 14″ x 16″ with long handles – ideal to have handy for impulse shopping.  £3.00,  plus postage and packing. (Some may remember these bags as we used them at the 2nd Birdshot Day.)
Cotton Shopping bag

Small metal badges Size: 1.5″

£1.00 each, with no additional postage charge.
BUS Badge

 POSTAGE for UK and Europe

There is an additional charge for postage and packing depending on the value of items ordered.

£2.00 for  items up to £10.00 in value

£4.00 for items up to £25.00 in value

£6.00 for items up to £50.00 in value

Over £50.00 in value, please contact us for an accurate postage estimate.

For members in USA or Canada or Australia, it is necessary to add a postage premium to help cover costs.

Please select the number of items you have ordered in order to calculate the extra premium required for shipping goods.  If you are ordering more than three items, please contact BUS to obtain a quotation for an accurate postage cost.

Number of items ordered

Any queries, please contact Annie at info@birdshot.org.uk

Survey on potential Birdshot treatments – please help


BUS has been asked to attend an appraisal meeting of NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) which will consider making three treatments available to the NHS for treating non-infectious uveitis. The meeting is expected to take place in 2016.

We would really appreciate your help in telling us your experiences if you have had any of the following treatments and we would particularly value hearing your feedback on what you consider to be the advantages and what you think are the disadvantages of these relatively new treatments in comparision to other treatments that you have had for your birdshot:

Ozurdex (dexamethasone) implant
Sirolimus intravitreal injection
Humira (adalimumab) injection

You will find the survey in a word document below.

BUS questionnaire about your experience with Ozurdex, Sirolimus or Humira

It does not matter whereabouts in the world you live: your comments will help BUS to get across to NICE the actual patient experience of having these treatments.

All your feedback and comments will be anonymised.

Thank you in advance for helping UK birdshotters!

Please send your responses by email: info@birdshot.org.uk

or by post to BUS, PO Box 64996, London SW20 2BT

New Birdshot posters

Below are links to two posters displayed at the recent Birdshot day.

ERG poster

The ERG poster shows a novel way of displaying ERG results from clinic appointment to clinic appointment, so at a glance you can tell if the situation has improved or if treatment is not working simply by looking at the direction of the graph.

100,000 Genomes Poster

The 100,000 Genomes poster  tells you more about a UK government project.    If we wanted we could apply to have Birdshot included in this analysis.

The project will sequence 100,000 genomes from around 70,000 people. Participants are NHS patients with a rare disease, plus their families, and patients with cancer.  The aim is to create a new genomic medicine service for the NHS – transforming the way people are cared for. Patients may be offered a diagnosis where there wasn’t one before. In time, there is the potential of new and more effective treatments. Genomics England, a company wholly owned and funded by the Department of Health, was set up to deliver this flagship project which will sequence 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients by 2017.  Its four main aims are; to create an ethical and transparent programme based on consent; to bring benefit to patients and set up a genomic medicine service for the NHS; to enable new scientific discovery and medical insights; and to kick start the development of a UK genomics industry.   Do members think that this is something that they would like to be involved in?

MP Fabian Hamilton asks should Humira be prescribed for sight threatening uveitis?

The subject of access to Humira and Infliximab was brought to the political arena this week, Wednesday 9th December 2015. Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton, who is campaigning on behalf of uveitis sufferer Samara Ullmann tabled a debate which asked the Government’s Life Sciences Minister George Freeman to consider asking the NHS to prescribe Humira.

One of the country’s leading eye specialists at Calderdale Royal hospital in Halifax, Mr Teifi James, has recommended it for Samara – who is already blind in her left eye – however so far NHS England decided not to allow its prescription.

This same issues applies to a few Birdshot Uveitis Society members who desperately need to find a drug they can tolerate and that works to save their sight. NHS England is currently denying them access to Humira and Infliximab.

The below link takes you to the debate and you can listen to the relevant portion of the debate debate if  you select the option on the right side ” Prescription of anti-TNF’s”