Fight for Sight

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We’re excited to announce that Fight for Sight and Vision Foundation are merging. Both boards have voted unanimously for us to come together and work as one organisation from 1 April 2023. United, we’ll be the only UK grant-maker that changes lives through funding both scientific research and innovative services. We’ve put together this blog post to walk you through what it means for both organisations and our dynamic plans for the future.

A two-pronged approach

This merger will help us to realise a joint ambition to tackle sight loss from both a clinical and social perspective. Our combined organisation will be grounded in data and insight into the science, as well as the lived experience, of sight loss. With this wealth of evidence we’re determined to:

  • leverage further investment into the sector
  • accelerate clinical progress
  • improve quality of life for people facing or living with sight loss

Crucially, coming together is about growing our influence and impact, not reducing or diluting what we do. So, over the next year we’ll be combining our teams, announcing our new name and fine-tuning our unified mission and strategy - as well as continuing with the important work we’re already committed to.

Why merge now? 

The clock is ticking on sight loss: 

  • Every six minutes someone in the UK is told they are losing their sight – that’s life-changing news that is dealt out 240 times each day. 
  • Sight loss in the UK is on the rise at a time of spiralling living costs, when health and social care services are struggling with demand.
  • The amount of public money currently spent on the problem is nowhere near adequate - only 1.5% of UK medical research is invested into finding new ways to prevent, diagnose or treat sight loss. This equates to just £9.60 for each person whose life has been turned on its head by sight loss.
  • If you’re a blind adult of working age in the UK, there is only a 1 in 4 chance that you’re working, and so visually impaired people can face the financial, social and mental impact of unemployment alongside their disability. 

Clearly, the current lack of focussed investment in both research and support of people with sight loss comes at a hefty cost to the individual and to society. Our merger will help to tackle that, so we want to act fast.

Changing the world for visually impaired people

Speaking about the opportunity ahead, our CEO Keith Valentine has said: “Simply, our cause is too important to miss this opportunity. I’m thrilled to build on what we’ve already done as two separate charities to take us to the next level, because my goal for us is nothing short of changing the world for people with sight loss.”

Equality, diversity and inclusion policy

At Fight for Sight and Vision Foundation we are committed to foster a workforce culture that values and promotes equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion. We strongly believe that diversity in perspectives, backgrounds and experiences enriches our charity, driving innovation, creativity and success.  If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every item in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. 

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