"When I was in the plane I felt OK while watching others getting closer to the door, and the nearer I got to the door the more scary it felt. But once I was in the air it felt amazing"

Our Inspirational Supporters

Stars support BCPB


Richard & Judy

Judy Finnigan

"Unless it's happened to you, it's hard to imagine what losing your sight is like. It nearly happened to me and blindness runs in my family. I was incredibly fortunate to have kept my sight so I know how important it is to help children and adults receive preventative treatment too. BCPB do this every day, both in Europe and the developing world. Please donate today so they can continue."

Richard Madeley

"Both Judy and I have seen at close quarters the impact of losing your sight. Judy nearly lost her sight a few years ago through a detached retina and it's hard to describe what that was like for her and our family. BCPB helps prevent and treat blindness in thousands of children and adults around the world. Please help them continue by making a donation today."

Andrea Bocelli says "Even though I do not see my own blindness as an obstacle, I can still remember what it was like to have sight as a child and now there is so much more that can be done to prevent blindness. BCPB do invaluable work helping thousands of children and adults to see. Please give what you can today to help them continue." Andrea Bocelli

Lord Chris Holmes

Lord Chris Holmes MBE LLD MA led the London 2012 Paralympic Games team to stage, in the words of the IPC President, "The greatest Paralympic Games ever."  He took the games to a global scale, the first games to achieve worldwide television audiences in the hundreds of millions, the first games to have all the Olympic sponsors also signed to the Paralympics and the first games to sell out all the stadia for every session.

Lord Chris is also Britain's most successful Paralympic swimmer ever, winning 9 gold medals, 6 at a single games.

Despite losing his sight overnight aged 14, he gained straight A's at A level and got to Cambridge University from a comprehensive school.  While still at University he won 6 gold medals at the Barcelona Games in 1992, a feat never equalled by any Briton.  He went on to compete in Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000 winning a further 3 gold medals.

Lord Holmes says: "BCPB's work helps to treat blind children and adults and train medical staff to prevent blindness in future generations. Please donate what you can and help BCPB enable thousands to experience sight"

Andrea Bocelli

Andrea is an Italian tenor who has recorded over 20 pop and classical albums, as well as 7 complete operas. He has sold over 65 million albums worldwide. It was evident at birth that he had problems with his sight, and after visits to many doctors Bocelli was diagnosed with glaucoma. In 1970, at the age of 12, he completely lost his sight after an accident during a soccer game. As a young boy, Bocelli showed a great passion for music. At the age of six he started piano lessons before he also learned to play the flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, harp, guitar and drums. Bocelli once said "I don't think a singer decides to sing, it is the others who choose that you sing by their reactions."

Andrea Bocelli says "Even though I do not see my own blindness as an obstacle, I can still remember what it was like to have sight as a child and now there is so much more that can be done to prevent blindness. BCPB do invaluable work helping thousands of children and adults to see. Please give what you can today to help them continue." Andrea Bocelli

Amadou & Mariam

Stars of the world music scene, Amadou & Mariam are a musical duo from Mali. Amadou Bagayoko (guitar and vocals) was born in Bamako in 1954 and Mariam Doumbia (vocals) was born in Bamako in 1958. They met at Mali's Institute for the Young Blind, where they both performed in the Institute's Eclipse Orchestra, directed by Idrissa Soumaouro. Amadou lost his vision at the age of 16, while Mariam became blind at age 5 as a consequence of untreated measles. Their musical style incorporates instruments from across the African continent and beyond and has been described as 'Afro blues'. They have won several World Music awards and have played with artists including Dave Gilmour, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay and Blur.

Amadou and Mariam say "We know ourselves how much of a problem blindness is in Africa so we believe that anything that can be done to change that is hugely worthwhile. BCPB brings the possibility of sight to thousands of people and that is a wonderful thing. Please make a donation today and help them to continue."

Fundraise for the BCPB

Everything we do to save sight is only possible because of your generous support. If you would like to raise funds for BCPB we'd love to hear from you and we'll help you as best we can. To inspire you, here are two stories about BCPB supporters doing their bit to help.

Leah's skydive

"I was crying, screaming, and laughing all at the same time!" This is what 16 year-old Londoner Leah Nelson experienced when she did a tandem skydive out of a plane at 13,000 feet at Beccles airfield near Norwich to raise money for BCPB.

In preparation for her exciting and bold undertaking she watched a training video and was briefed on body position, parachute mechanics and what to do in an emergency. Importantly, she also learned how to land!

Leah arranged her skydive with UK Parachuting - www.ukparachuting.co.uk. They offer a discount of £30 off their £200 fee for people skydiving for charity. Leah's grandfather, who passed away last year, was blind and she was sad that he never got to see her or her mother. This motivated her to sell home-made cakes at school and get sponsorship from friends at her church to fund her skydive. Leah's enterprising determination raised a total of £170 for BCPB.

James King's walk

James King (pictured) was inspired to walk the Pembrokeshire coastal path to raise money for BCPB after seeing one of our Annual Reviews. As he traversed 186 miles of beaches, cliff tops, woods and moorland over 17 days in all weathers he wore a t-shirt emblazoned with the slogan 'HELP SAVE EYES EVERYWHERE'. The donations this attracted, added to sponsorship from friends and family, raised more than £1000 for BCPB.

He also took this photo from the cliffs of Pembrokeshire.

Our heartfelt thanks go to both James and Leah for their efforts. If you'd like to Our Inspirational Supporters, get in touch at info@bcpb.org. We’ll do what we can to help you. And we might just put your story on this website!