Close your eyes. Now, imagine you can’t open them again. How does it feel to know you can’t see? It’s a horrible scenario, isn’t it?
In the occupied Palestinian territories, the rate of blindness is ten times higher than in the West and over a third of the population lack food security. St John Eye Hospital Group is a charitable foundation of the Order of St John (which also runs St John Ambulance in the UK) and is the only charitable provider of expert eye care in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.
Without their services, many of these individuals would not be able to seek treatment despite the risk of irreparable damage to their sight. The charity treat patients regardless of ethnicity, religion or ability to pay. It’s a humanitarian charity which has no political agenda.
For nearly 30 years, a gift fair has been held at the Chelsea Old Town Hall to to raise much needed funds for this fabulous charity. Covid-19 has put a stop to that. However, there is hope! The Gift of Sight Gift Fair has gone virtual. They have teamed up with Brilliant Little Brands to run an online shopping fair. This not only raises money for the charity, but also supports many independent stallholders who normally make their living at gift fairs.
It’s the perfect way to do your Christmas shopping calmly even though we’re in lockdown! There is everything from beautiful jewellery to quality homewares. There are charming children’s clothes to gourmet food and drink. This is Christmas shopping with a conscience. You can support small, independent businesses, knowing that 10% of everything you spend goes to the sight-saving work of the charity.
Seres Gifts is proud to have been a member of Brilliant Little Brands since the beginning. The concept is similar to that of Not-On-The-High-Street. It incorporates the best of independent retailers throughout the UK. The difference is that 10% of every sale goes to charity, at no extra cost to the shopper! Now, we think that’s a real win-win-win situation!
From 2nd November until 15th November, the focus is very much on supporting the great work of The St John Eye Hospital. Please do shop with Brilliant Little Brands this year and make a real difference.
To find out more about the charity, visit www.stjohneyehospital.org.