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For every £1 raised, we spend 93p supporting the hospital, 4p running the charity and 3p on publicity or raising funds.
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New “hyperlegible” website typeface
The typeface is named after Braille Institute founder, J. Robert Atkinson. What makes it different from traditional typographic design is its focus on ensuring that individual characters cannot be confused with one another, ultimately improving readability. Also, the shaping of the letters is exaggerated to provide better clarity and the open areas of certain letters are expanded to provide greater distinction.
The Braille Institute has made the typeface free for anyone to use.
Our new typeface makes it easier to distinguish characters that are commonly confused.
We express our profound appreciation to all NHS staff and other key-workers helping everyone in these difficult times.
We have twice purchased packs of tea, coffee, drinking chocolate and biscuits for each department in the hospital and biscuits for the outreach clinic, which has no facilities to make hot drinks. Hospital staff have received similar support from many Bristol businesses.
We currently have no events scheduled while the Covid-19 emergency continues.
30 March 2020, last updated 27 September 2021
Outpatient chairs “a million times better”
This grant cost £12,650.
5 October 2021
Thank you to all our wonderful supporters
We receive many donations from people who choose to remain anonymous or who do not give us any means of contacting them to say thank you. We regret being unable to thank such donors other than by expressing our grateful appreciation here.
There are also currently more than 60 people who donate regularly – and some have done so for many years. The number of such donors and the total they donate increases steadily every year. We do not thank you regularly but please be assured that your donations are very warmly received and we are most grateful for your ongoing support.
27 September 2021
Thank you, Peter
Peter is the third generation Optometrist now running his family’s practice Turners Opticians. In addition he works part time as a Senior Optometrist in the glaucoma & cataract clinics at Bristol Eye Hospital. In common with most health care providers at this time, he is catching up on a backlog of around nine months’ work as well as dealing with the current workload, so his commitments to his patients and to his wife and growing family of three are keeping him fully occupied.
Peter’s knowledge, experience, opinion and advice have been an invaluable help to his fellow trustees. It’s been a long and happy association and we thank him so much for the many years of service and support he has given to the Friends.
3 August 2021
Friends’ AGM 2021
Our Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts for the year ending 28 February 2021 were approved at the meeting and have now been submitted to the Charity Commission. Copies can be viewed or downloaded from Report & Accounts.
20 April 2021, updated 21 July 2021
Wonderful service resumed
DONATE BY BANK TRANSFER. We incur no charges for donations made by Open Banking transfers. Operated by Wonderful Payments.
DONATE BY CARD. Here you can also donate in honour or memory of someone; become a members of the Friends (if you wish), tell us whether and how you wish us to correspond with you or let us know of any particular reason why you are donating. Operated by Donorbox.
DONATE BY OTHER METHODS, eg Cheque, Cash or Text.
You can make a Gift Aid declaration under any of these.
16 July 2021, updated 26 July
You can also view or download copies here: In Sight.
In Sight is distributed to all members and supporters who want to receive it. If you would like a copy by post, please contact the Secretary.
12 July 2021, last updated 17 July
Volk VistaView Hand-Held Mydriatric Camera
The Friends have bought a new portable hand-held light-weight camera which will enable eye doctors to examine and record, without getting too close, the fundal features of Covid-19 patients in the BRI or Weston General and also non-Covid patients who are too sick to come to BEH. The images can then be shared for consultation with colleagues on how to manage the condition and stored on the patient’s record. The camera is also helping clinical research into the retinal changes and neurological complications associated with Covid-19.
This grant cost £1,149 and was funded out of donations raised in memory of Graham Murphy.
17 June 2021
Electric Couch for Patients in Paediatric Clinic
This grant cost £1,136 and was funded out of donations raised in memory of Graham Murphy.
We gratefully acknowledge Ocura’s permission to reproduce their photograph.
17 June 2021
Christmas Cards 2021
Designs available can be seen at reception desks on the ground floor, Level 1 and Level 2 or on this poster.
Each pack costs £3 (regardless of any price shown on the pack).
Cards can be purchased from either of the main reception desks on the ground floor near the main entrance doors. Sales are open between 8am and 5pm.
You can now pay by credit or debit card. You can also pay by cash but staff will not be able to give you any change during the current emergency.