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By ridleyef, Sep 23 2014 02:00AM

The Ridley Eye Foundation are pleased to announce their first Gift Fair held at Swinstead Hall, on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th November, was a very successful and enjoyable event. Lots of people visted, purchasing items as diverse as cookware, clothing, and food! There was a large raffle in aid of the Charity and refreshments to rest and enjoy in between shopping. A fun way to meet up with friends and to start the Christmas shopping.

Over £1,100 was raised for the Charity during the event and the organisers would like to thank all those who attended.

By ridleyef, Sep 2 2014 02:00AM

During August Nicholas and Lauretta Ridley took the opportunity of meeting with Bishop Dr Mouneer Anis and his wife Nancy while they were staying at York.

The visit gave the Trustees the opportunity to discuss with the Bishop the Harpur Memorial Hospital and the work being done there, the opportunity for Dr Ireni Wesley to come to a course in London and the geo-political situation in his Diocese.

By ridleyef, Jul 15 2014 02:00AM

Geoff Woodruff visited the Harpur Memorial Hospital in Menouf in April 2014. Geoff commented that there is a problem of access to healthcare in the Nile Delta, wth many patients needlessly bllnd. Some, especially the very elderly, the infirm, and women lack the opportunity to leave the home for healthcare. Others may have such an unsatisfactory experience at alternative healthcare facitilies that they nor their relatives ever choose to return.

Harpur Memorial very successfully addresses this problem in two ways; an ethos of kindness and caring for patients and; providing weekly outreach clinics in the most remote villages.

The standards, ethos and outreach clinics of Harpur Memorial are excellent steps towards reducing and eliminating treatable blindness in the region. The fact that Dr Ireni's outreach clinics are organised in partnership wth the Islamic NGO 'Streams of Goodness' is a vital ingredient of its success.

By ridleyef, Jul 15 2014 02:00AM

Donough O'Brien and his wife Liz Cowley came to Swinstead to sell their books (Who? and Outside in My Dressing Gown). It was a great success with both authors selling out of books!

The event was organised by Lauretta Ridley and Mary-Clare Troughton. Drink and canapes were provided and Donough gave a very amusing and entertaining slide show of the famous people in the world who have done wonderful or interesting things that we do not know 'Who?' they are. The event raised £1100 through donations and a percenage of the books sold. We were all very pleased with the outcome.

By ridleyef, Jul 15 2014 02:00AM

At a Service attended by the Bishop of Richborough to celebrate Rev Dr Beaken's 25th year as an ordained priest in the Anglican Communion, the congreation of Great Barfield generously donated £90 to the Eye Foundation - which will be used to undertake cataract surgery at Harpur Memorial Hospital.