Help us raise £55,000

for a portable imaging machine so more patients can benefit

The Eye Appeal

The Eye Department at Ipswich is one of the busiest in the hospital and offers an extensive range of services to adults and children.

We need to raise £55,000 for a portable non-invasive imaging test called an OCT. This is a really clever piece of kit that has the potential to detect, diagnose and monitor eye diseases earlier.

It will be particularly beneficial to infants, children, wheelchair users and those who are bed bound. At present these groups of people cannot always access the hospital’s other imaging equipment and therefore are unable to benefit from it. The difference it will make to patients will be invaluable. Help us reach the target by donating or why not hold your own fundraising event.

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Jonathan Fieldsend (seated) with Brian Taylor, Dawn Elwell and Ramy Bassily

In 2018 Jonathan Fieldsend had a partial corneal transplant at Ipswich Hospital. The procedure saved his sight. Jonathan is a keen racing driver and the fact he can still compete means the world to him. To help us reach the £55,000 target sooner, Jonathan has pledged to match fund any donations up to £9,000 until 30 June 2020.

The dad of two, aged 50, has a genetic condition called Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy which causes a swelling of the cornea, the transparent window at the front of the eye. This results in cloudy vision and a lack of depth perception. If left untreated, he would have eventually gone blind.

Jonathan said, “My consultant, Dr Bassily, saved my sight. I can’t begin to explain how that makes me feel. To help the Eye Appeal reach its target is the least I can do. I urge everyone to get behind the appeal as whatever is donated until June I will match. I really hope the charity sees an influx of donations.”

Jonathan racing at Oulton Park

The procedure Jonathan had is known as DMEK surgery and involves transplanting material just 10-15 microns thick onto the back of the cornea. Dr Bassily introduced the technique to Ipswich Hospital in 2017 and it’s a significant improvement on the previous surgical options for Fuchs’ dystrophy. The surgery has literally meant Jonathan can see his two children grow up, as well as enjoy his hobbies of running, table tennis and motor racing.


The Eye Appeal quiz night – postponed

Due to Coronavirus we have postponed our brain-teasing quiz. A revised date will be published shortly. If you have already bought tickets and would like a refund, please email

Venue: Seckford Golf Club, Seckford Hall Road IP13 6NT
Date: TBC
Time: Arrive 6.30pm, food served 6.45pm
Teams: Four members per team
Price: £15 per person (includes a hot meal)