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See the Way 2020 appeal raises over £2.8m to save sight

Posted on: Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Thanks to our amazing supporters, our See the Way appeal in 2020 raised an enormous £2,882,712 to help people in the world’s poorest places See the Way to a brighter future.

Worldwide, an incredible 3 out of 4 people who are blind don’t need to be. The funds raised will help people with sight problems access sight-saving surgery, glasses and support, enabling them to go to school, get around safely and support themselves and their families.

As well as donations from generous UK individuals, this includes £1,320,921 of match funding from the UK government and Gift Aid. The match funding from the UK government will enable us to launch an ambitious new 3-year programme to improve access to sight-saving eye-health services in Malawi, Southern Africa.

Dr Vincent Moyo, Ophthalmologist at Nkhoma Eye Hospital in Malawi, said:

Male Ophthalmologist looking at the camera next to an ophthalmic machine with a bright light

“Thanks to the incredible generosity of CBM supporters in the UK and the match funding from the UK Government, we’re now looking at ways to broaden our plans for the See the Way project so that more people in Malawi, particularly in rural areas, will have improved access to vital eye health services. Because of the amazing funds raised, this project will be able to train even more eye health workers and provide more equipment to health centres than we originally hoped. This support is needed now more than ever, due to the challenges of Coronavirus, which has prevented people from being able to access treatment for eye conditions in the last year. We thank you so much for all of your support – with your help we will be able to reach out to many more people with vision problems in Malawi and help them access treatment.”

Meet Theatre Technician Steve in this film (open link in new tab) and find out how your donations can transform lives:


Eye Health Heroes: Meet Steve transcript (open link in new tab)

Several amazing organisations committed to support the appeal by spreading the word far and wide. A big thank you to:

Cambridge 105 Radio logo          Premier Christian Radio logo

St Ivo Academy logo              PJ Care logo logo

Clamp Optometrists logo          Oakington Garden Centre logo

St Philips church Cambridge logo                Trinity Hall Chapel logoTrinity Hall Chapel

Cathedral Eye Clinic logo                        Club 4 U logo

Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce logo          QAV logo

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Images: Top – L-R: Jabes’ father holding a UK Aid Match logo sign, CBM staff member Jonny holding a #SeeTheWay sign and Jabes holding a Thank You sign, after Jabes has had successful surgery at CBM’s partner hospital in Malawi. Bottom – Dr Vincent Moyo, Ophthalmologist at CBM’s partner hospital in Malawi. ©CBM/Hayduk