SeeAbility Press Release: Sir John Major Hosts Dinner for SeeAbility

5 July 2010

The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG, CH hosted a celebration dinner at Corrigan’s Mayfair, Richard Corrigan’s award-winning restaurant, on July 1st to thank SeeAbility’s Sight Pioneers for their support. Leading eye care charity SeeAbility, formerly the Royal School for the Blind, provides a range of specialist services for people with a visual impairment and additional disabilities. SeeAbility’s Sight Pioneers are the charity’s most generous benefactors.

The former Prime Minister became Patron of SeeAbility’s Sight Pioneers after being drawn to the charity’s groundbreaking work with people with a visual impairment and additional disabilities. Sir John was only a young boy when his father lost his sight, so has always had a genuine interest in initiatives which can improve the lives of people with a visual impairment.

Also present was Dr Rob Hogan, immediate Past President of the College of Optometrists, who spoke about SeeAbility’s pioneering work in helping people with learning disabilities access appropriate eye healthcare. He said, “I have been very impressed with SeeAbility’s eye 2 eye Campaign which I became involved in five years ago. They have provided every optometry practice in the country with training and developmental opportunities and set up a comprehensive website ( providing invaluable free resources.

I know SeeAbility has been working with a number of organisations to bring this important issue to the fore and make a difference to the eye health of literally thousands of people with learning disabilities.”

David Scott-Ralphs, SeeAbility CEO commented, “We are enormously grateful for the very generous support we have received from our Sight Pioneers. With their donations, SeeAbility has been able to introduce a number of innovative practices which stand to transform eye care for people with learning disabilities.”

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