Staff Sponsorship Appeal 2009 and Gaza Appeal Latest

Monday, 6 April 2009

The mission of The St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group is to provide ophthalmic care of the highest quality and relevance to the people of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, irrespective of race, religion, social class or ability to pay. We are the only Ophthalmic charity provider to the Palestinian people, where they can access essential health care free of charge.

We are totally reliant on our professional and dedicated team of 216 staff, all of whom ensure that the best possible care is given to those who need it most, the patients who rely on us to. In 2008 we were able to improve eyesight and therefore provide a better quality of life to 94,426 men, women and children in the Occupied Territories.

Staff costs are approximately 60% of our overall charity expenditure, from ancillary staff to our nurses and doctors. In 2009 this cost will be £3,827,800 and we must raise funds to cover this.

In 2009 supporters can assist us by either giving a one off donation towards our General Staff Fund or those able can commit to our Staff Sponsorship Scheme. Raising funds for our staff costs brings us closer, in a personal way, to our supporters, who are then directly championing those who are performing the vital humanitarian services that our charity provides.

General Staff Fund

We aim to raise a minimum of £100,000 in 2009 to enable us to establish a General Staff Fund. This fund can then be used to cover vital staff costs as and when required. This is of particular importance during the current bleak economic crisis when there is global financial uncertainty. Those who donate to this fund will receive an annual update on the development of this Fund and how their donation is being used.All donations, large or small, are important.

Staff Sponsorship Scheme

Committing to the funding of a specific staff post is a wonderful way to support the work of our charity. We ask that those able to consider this option give a 3 year commitment that is reviewed on an annual basis. We provide annual updates on the staff member whose post has been funded. Long-term staff sponsorship makes a difference to the lives and morale of our staff and also their extended families. Below are some examples of the levels of staff sponsorship that we seek.

Staff Sponsorship


Annual Cost

Consultant Surgeon

They are responsible for the management of our clinics, theatre lists – involved in clinical governance and risk management activities, as well as measuring and reporting clinical outcomes.  Consultants are also involved in the teaching and education of trainees.

£50,000 - £55,000

Senior Fellow

The duties are of a general ophthalmologist and will assist in providing ophthalmic services to the patients in the clinic and on Outreach, under consultant supervision.

£30,000 - £35,000

Resident Doctor/Trainee

Residents on our Medical Training Programme complete a 4 year course on which they receive specialist medical and surgical training, working with a team of consultants, fellows and other senior medical colleagues

£13,000 - £15,000

Charge Nurse/Senior Nurse

Senior/Charge Nurses are in charge of the various hospital departments and wards, including in-patients and out-patients.

£35,000 - £39,000

Junior Charge Nurse/Nurse Practitioner

The newly created Nurse Practitioner role is an important strand in our services and plays a vital and ever-increasing role in providing Hospital and Outreach services.

£14,000 - £16,000

Staff Nurse

Team leader to the nursing team and Deputy to the Ward/Department Sister.  In particular has assistant management responsibility in all wards.

£9,000 - £16,000

Ancillary Staff

The administration, cleaning staff, chefs, security guards, drivers and maintenance staff are crucial in ensuring our Hospitals, Clinics and Outreach provide the best facilities possible to our patients.

£8,000 - £15,000

To donate to our General Staff Fund, please click here, or to find out more about Staff Sponsorship please contact Nicky Wynne on 020 7553 6969 or email nicky [dot] wynne [at] stjohneyehospital [dot] org


We are pleased to report that against our initial target of £150,000 – and with your help – the St. John Eye Hospital ’s Gaza Appeal 2008 raised almost £170,000 towards our work in this troubled region.

Some of this money has already allowed us to purchase a Fundus Fluorescein Angiography System, vital in the treatment of diabetes, the incidence of which is three times higher amongst Palestinians than in the West.

Your help really does make a difference!

However, the people of Gaza remain in desperate need.  Please do continue to help in any way you can by clicking here.