British Council for Prevention of Blindness

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Blindness affects over 39 million people globally with a further 124 million experiencing significant sight loss. 90% of these people live in low income countries and 80% of their blindness is treatable or preventable. The impact that blindness has is far reaching in the following ways:

Employment prospects - sight loss is not purely a health issue; It is a significant factor in worsening poverty as it directly affects an individual’s ability to access employment and stay self-reliant, 90% of blind individuals cannot work. 

Social standing - blindness not only has an impact on a person’s ability to work but causes social isolation and family breakdown. Half of blind people in low income countries reported a loss of social standing and decision-making authority, and 80% of all women note a loss of authority within their families. 

Effect on children - there are around 1.4 million children who are blind, approximately three-quarters of these children live in the poorest regions of Africa and Asia. A further 2.8 million children have significant sight loss.  For children blindness holds many barriers to education, the WHO estimates 90% of blind children in most developing countries never attend school, meaning they will not have the opportunity for a better life. More sadly, for many children, blindness can be a death sentence. The WHO reports that 60% of children die within 1-2 years of going blind. 

Due to the generostiy of people who have left us a legacy we have been able to:

  • Make ground-breaking discoveries that have led directly to a breakthrough in the eye medication Ivermectin. This is now widely used in Africa to prevent ‘river blindness’ (onchocerciasis) – a condition that once blinded millions of people.
  • Validate the use of smartphones for the diagnosis of eye diseases in Kenya, meaning we have been able to save the sight of thousands of people in the region.
  • Support over 160 eye care professionals from the world’s poorest countries to train and undertake research, developing their expertise in planning and managing blindness prevention programmes, as well as leadership and advocacy skills. They will on  average save the sighr of 40,000 people in the course of their career. That is 6.4m people. They will also on average train a further 200 people in eye care. Due to this 'cascade effect' that one trained person has, thier knowledge and skills can be passed on to hundreds of others, meaning a small investment has a multiplier effect over several years, leavign a true long lasting legacy. 

By leaving a gift in your Will to BCPB we can continue our research programmes, support prevention projects in the world’s poorest communities and help doctors from developing countries access training that translates into life-changing treatment in their home countries, so together we can change these outcomes.



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Emma McGuigan (Fundraising Manager )

British Council for Prevention of Blindness BCPB
4 Bloomsbury Square

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Phone: 07891 026 851

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Gifts left in wills are really important to British Council for Prevention of Blindness. However even if you haven't made a will, making a pledge to do so in the future would really help us to find out about your future intentions.

Pledges are not legally binding so by filling out this form you are not committing yourself! You are simply allowing British Council for Prevention of Blindness to confidently estimate future support for their cause.

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Leave a Legacy

If you have already made a will but you want to leave a legacy to a charity you can make an addition or change it without re-writing your current will. This addition is called a codicil.

To leave a legacy to British Council for Prevention of Blindness please download the codicil form below and take it along to your solicitor.

Please note however that this form is not legally binding on its own and has to be part of your main will. We advise you to seek the advice of a solicitor.

If you have any questions about leaving a legacy to us, please contact British Council for Prevention of Blindness directly – they will be happy to discuss this with you.

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