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The Friends' postal address, telephone numbers and the email addresses of the Secretary, the Treasurer and our Publicity Officers are all shown at the foot of each page.

 Friends of Bristol Eye Hospital improve care and treatment for patients by helping to pay for medical equipment, patient comforts and staff resources which would not otherwise be provided.  Treatment for all patients has been greatly enhanced by our supporters.

 In Sight 2017 was published on 9 May and is available on our download page.  Members have received a copy by post or email, and copies are also available in the hospital reception areas.


So far this year, the Friends have paid for the following grants for the hospital:

  • £2,008 for a Motorised Wheelchair to transport patients more easily and safely between BEH and the BRI
  • £1,820 worth of training equipment for the Eye Clinic Liaison team and volunteers from the RNIB to show visually impaired or blind patients what is available to help them live safely and independently
  • £3,750 for a new Icare Tonometer
  • £4,060 for a Portable Slit Lamp
  • £5,600 for patients' chairs for the Theatre Ward and Gloucester Ward
  • £3,800 for refurbishment of a clinic in the Queen Anne Building
  • £1,200 for an Ophthalmic Patient Assessment Chair
  • £8,000 for a kitchen for staff on the Theatre Level
  • £180 for 50 AutoDrops for patients (kindly funded by the Burges Salmon Charitable Trust)
  • £690 for 3 tablets to assist vision testing of special needs children  

None of these would have been possible wthout the generous support of our members and donors.  Many thanks to all of you and those who bought our Christmas Cards in 2017.

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Henleaze Garden Club brightens Patients' Garden


St Odilia’s Garden, the courtyard garden for patients situated in the reception area of the Eye Hospital, has a beautiful newly planted pot thanks to the work done by members of the Henleaze Garden Club.

The Friends asked the Garden Club whether they would like to design and plant a pot for the garden and were delighted when the Club’s Chairman, Andy Harrison, agreed.

Andy delivered the pot at the end of May and it was quickly receiving admiring comments - a beautiful mixture of diasca, agaranthus, cosmos, pelargoniums and calabrachoa.

In addition, when the Andy heard that we were planning to completely replant the central bed of the garden – around the statue of St Odilia – he immediately offered to clear and replant it for us.  This was completed in no time at all and it is now bedding down nicely with a lovely mixture of aromatic and colourful plants; the bed is already looking lovely and will be a delight when it is fully mature.

The Friends are delighted with the results and are very grateful to the Garden Club, and particularly Andy and his family, for their generosity and hard work, which we are sure will bring much pleasure to the patients and staff at the hospital.



An Evening of Magic in Butcombe Village Hall at 7pm on on Friday 23 March 2018 in aid of Friends of Bristol Eye Hospital



Stephen Wells, a member of the Magic Circle, will delight and amaze his audience with magical skills.  Delicious supper with a choice of pies) from The Unusual Pie Company and scumptious desserts, a licensed bar and raffle.


Tickets (which are selling like hot pies) are £18 for adults and £10 for children and can be obtained from Simon St Leger-Harris on 01761 463427 or


Please state your choice of pie (Chicken & Ham, Beef & Ale, Steak & Kidney or Vegetarian).

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