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Help Us


Become a Member of the Friends


Becoming a member of the Friends helps us to continue our work and enables us to keep in touch with you.  We normally post or email In Sight to our members once a year with a covering letter giving notice of our AGM and any forthcoming social or fund-raising events.  You can specify precisely what communications you wish to receive from us and how; tell us why you are joining or making a donation (if you wish) and let us know whether we can publicise your gift.


To become a member we ask for a regular donation of just £5 per year or a Life Membership single donation of £50.


To join the Friends, please complete a membership form and, if you wish, a Bankers Order form for regular payments and post them to the Secretary at the address below together with any cheque (or CAF Voucher) payable to Friends of Bristol Eye Hospital.


Gift Aid

 

If you make (or have made) donations to the Friends and you pay UK income or capital gains tax, we can claim Gift Aid on your past and future donations with no further cost to you.  If you have not yet made a Gift Aid declaration, please download and complete a Gift Aid form and return it to the Treasurer by post or email.

Make a Donation to the Friends

 

If you wish to donate without becoming a member or if you are already a member and wish to make a further donation, full details of how to do this are shown in Donate.

Legacies

 

We understand that providing for your family and friends after your death comes first.  However once you have done that, you could help us to continue our work to benefit future patients of the Bristol Eye Hospital.

 

More than half of our voluntary income comes from legacies.  Many of our larger purchases would not have been possible without the generosity of those who have left money to the Friends in their wills - usually in appreciation of the care they received at the Eye Hospital and because they wish to help others.

 

Leaving a gift to the Friends, no matter how large or small, helps us to continue to support the Eye Hospital for future generations.

 

You will no doubt wish to discuss the matter with your solicitor.  Howver there is suggested wording in Forms which may help you.  If you would like any assistance with leaving a legacy to the Friends, please contact the Treasurer by phone or email.


Volunteer



If you would be interested in becoming a Trustee or if you would like to help the Friends in any way, please contact the Secretary.


Fund-raising


We have been extremely grateful to many people who have raised funds for us.  Examples include:

  • Sponsored running, car wash, parachute jump, pram push
  • Fashion and jewellery sales
  • Art exhibitions
  • Raffles
  • Garden parties
  • A champagne breakfast
  • Donating old cars

If you have an idea for an event which could raise money for us, please get in touch with the Secretary to let us know your plans.  We can supply posters, leaflets and collecting tins or buckets.  We may also be able to help you with publicity and general advice.

 

MyDonate


You can use MyDonate to raise funds for the Friends online by setting up a sponsorship page.  For more information, please contact the Treasurer.

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Colin Mair ran the 10k Great North run in 2012 and raised £535 for us including a contribution from his employer, Intel Corporation.

Charity of the year?

 

If you are a social or community organisation which regularly raises money for good causes, you might like to consider making the Friends one of your chosen charities this year.

Give as you Live


You can raise free funds for us if, when you shop online, you use Give as you Live.


It's easy to do this - just sign up at Give as you Live for Friends of Bristol Eye Hospital.  We will then receive a donation at no additional cost to you (or to us) everytime you shop online at one of the 4,200+ participating retailers.

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Dragon Boat fund-raising in 2006

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The Avon & Somerset Police Choir singing in Wrington Church as part of our being the Wrington Vale Rotary Club's charity of the year in 2011-12.