Will you join us in protecting sight-saving research during lockdown?
Giving a gift today could make a life time of difference by helping to find new treatments and cures for people with sight loss
The coronavirus pandemic is creating unique challenges for people living with sight loss and our pioneering research. Lockdown risks bringing our research to a standstill, just as we were getting close to discovering new treatments. We need your help now.
Please donate £20 to keep the hope of new treatments alive.
We need an additional £15,000 a week if we are to get our researchers back to the lab and achieve our aim of developing a new treatment for the leading cause of blindness.
93% of researchers have been unable to access their labs. Labs have been closed because social distancing is considered to be impossible – and their work cannot be carried out from home.
These vital funds will cover costs including the salaries of specialist researchers. There have been significant losses in consumables such as cell cultures and mini-retinas which sometimes take up to six months to grow. They cannot be frozen or maintained.
Dr Zak Jarrar is one of many researchers who are facing serious challenges due to the pandemic. Zak's research is on hold as he has been diverted to the front line.
90 percent of the researchers we recently surveyed have to completely suspend their research because their labs have been closed or they’ve been sent to the frontline to work for the NHS.
“I am an ophthalmologist and one of the many scientists whose research is being funded by Fight for Sight this year. My research aims to understand the role of the gut microbiome in age-related macular degeneration - a condition I know many of you and your loved ones are living with. Research like mine could lead to the development of new therapies for treating this condition, which is the most common cause of permanent and severe sight loss in the UK.
"Almost all researchers recently surveyed by Fight for Sight believe Covid-19 will delay their projects. Most of them cannot access their labs or, like me, have been sent to the frontline to work for the NHS. Right now, I’m working in intensive care and, whilst it’s good to feel I am doing everything I can to help during the current crisis, my hope is that I’ll be back in the lab researching by August.
"We need to get our research back on track to continue with our sight saving research. Some of our researchers may have been diverted to the frontline, but don’t let Covid-19 stop progress to sight saving treatments."DONATE NOW
Two million people with sight loss are depending on us.
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