Funding Today - London

Friday, 6 November 2009

In London , Trust and Foundation donations up until the middle of September amount to £631,613, with a further £28,335 pledged. The department as a whole has so far brought in a whopping £1,140,685!

We are delighted to acknowledge the receipt of £100,000 from the Linbury Trust, which constitutes the final tranche of its current three year award to us. We would like to thank Lord Sainsbury and all at the Trust for their most valued interest in our work.

We must also thank long-tern supporter, The Edwina Mountbatten Trust for a wonderful award of £25,000 this year. This money, vitally, is unrestricted. We most humbly thank the Countess and all at the Trust.

Last year’s new sponsors, the Prem Rawat Foundation, have come aboard again this year, upping their support to $25,000 (£15,000). This donation will be put to use ensuring our services for children. We thank Linda Pascotto and all at the Foundation for their continued support.

Also of note is an award of $20,000 from an anonymous Middle Eastern corporation, the first of its kind to be solicited through the London office.

We owe a considerable debt of gratitude to Lauretta Ridley and the Ladies Guild of St John for the wonderful Eye to Eye Concert at Cadogan Hall on 16 September. A near capacity crowd enjoyed a wonderful, champagne evening of music and song, including the world premiere of Eye to Eye, a special commission for the Hospital Group by composer Patrick Hawes, performed by the English Chamber Orchestra and conducted by celebrity Maestro, Jason Lai. We hope to bring you the total funding raised by this fabulous event in the next issue.

Finally, as it’s getting closer to that time of year again, we are pleased to be launching our Christmas Cards for 2009. There are two designs this year: a very contemporary, silver foil design reading, simply, Season’s Greetings, and a beautiful rendering of Giovanni De Ferrari’s, The Adoration of the Shepherds. Each pack contains 10 cards of one design and on the back of both designs is a short text about the work of the Hospital Group.

Our beautifully photographed ‘Images from Jerusalem’ cards from 2008 are also available. Please see the enclosed order form for details and remember all proceeds come to the Hospital.

Without all of your incredible support, we would not be able to continue in our mission to eliminate preventable blindness in the Holy Land . As always, and on behalf of all of our patients and staff, may we wish all of you a heartfelt thank you and a wonderful Christmas and New Year.