Stitching to boost £500k eye clinic appeal

Challenge Team 2011 - Friends of Chichester Hospitals' President Angie Hobson second from left, back row)
Challenge Team 2011 - Friends of Chichester Hospitals' President Angie Hobson second from left, back row)
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CARING quilters have helped boost the Friends of Chichester Hospitals’ eye appeal by hundreds of pounds.

Wittering Quilters, who chose it as their charity of the year because their passion for needlework means they really appreciate the importance of caring for eyesight, have raised £800 for the appeal.

The fundraising drive aims to raise £500,000 to fully equip the clinic’s 12 examination rooms and provide a new laser and additional diagnostic equipment.

“This is a wonderful contribution to equipping the new eye clinic at St Richard’s Hospital,” said Jane Ramage, Friends chairman.

“So many activities and hobbies become difficult for people with sight problems – needlework, art, sports – as well as everyday things like shopping, cooking and watching TV. St Richard’s Eye Clinic will help the increasing number of eye patients in this area with better diagnostic and treatment facilities. It will be a centre of excellence on our doorstep.”

This weekend, three Sussex writers, Isabel Ashdown, Gabrielle Kimm and Jane Rusbridge, are holding a Books on the Beach event at West Wittering to encourage reading, and to raise charity funds. They will be in a camper van on West Wittering Beach on Sunday, and will donate £1 from every book sold to the appeal.

And later this month, on Sunday, July 21, Friends’ president Angie Hobson will be walking the Chichester Challenge 15k in aid of the eye appeal.

To join her team, email admin@friendsofchichesterhospitals.org.uk

To sponsor Angie, send a cheque to the Friends Office, St Richard’s Hospital, Spitalfield Lane, Chichester PO19 6SE or donate online at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/angiehobson1