Christmas 2011 Brainteaser solution and winners…

Well done to all the winners and runners up who submitted entries to the Forsight Christmas 2011 challenge.

You just carry on amazing us! There were many very commendable answers, but the laurel wreath goes (once again) to our regular winner Chris Chantler of Bath with a magnificent score of 97, winning him a cheque for £50.

Second, and earning a £30 cheque, is Alan Flynn of Hunts Cross, Liverpool, who was pipped to the podium by Chris with just a one point margin.

Third is another old friend, Wayne Allen, of Greasby, Wirral whose score of 94 scoops him a cheque for £20. Very well done to all of them.

Then, in order of their scores, came:
91 Margaret Donald
90.5 Brian Stewart
87.5 Jean Baker
87 G. Clarke
86.5 M.J. Clarke
83.5Sue Batch
82 Debbie Rock
80.5 Diane Humble
80.5 Melanie Garner
79.5 Mrs S.P. Beverley
78.5 Tom Ainsworth
77.5 Brian Stone
77.5 Jean Redsell
68 Jill Wickes
59 Polly Helliar
57 Mrs A. Boulter

To download the solutions, just click here (150kb pdf).


After nearly two years of hard
work by our fundraisers, and the extraordinary generosity of the people of
Wirral, we have reached our target of £150,000 to buy the wonderful EYESI
surgical simulator for Arrowe Park Hospital’s Eye Department.


It fulfils our dream to be one
of the first units in the country to have this marvellous technology – and
junior surgeons will now be able to train in cataract and retinal (back of eye)
surgery in the safe environment of virtual reality.

One of the senior members of the
Eye Team, Mr Mark Watts, is the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ national lead
on training and leads the training of our young surgeons at Arrowe.


His delight at this wonderful achievement is
clear: “I can honestly say that in the 18 years we have worked at Arrowe
we have never come across such amazing generosity from the public and patients
and I can not find words to express our gratitude both to them and to the
tireless fundraisers who worked so hard to drive this forward and raise an extraordinary
£150,000 in less than two years. 


“We already are using the
cataract simulator on a daily basis to train our junior surgeons and now the
addition of the new equipment and software to allow us to train in retinal
surgery as well will really put us at the forefront of eye care nationally.


“Thank you to every person who
donated money, goods or time to the EYESI. Your generosity has helped us save
the sight of many people in Wirral.”


But the fundraising won’t stop here… 


Eye problems mostly are associated with age, and Wirral has a very high
proportion of older people who need the very best possible eye team near them, protecting their vision when problems


The Arrowe Park Eye Team still has a shopping list of equipment they
want, to keep them at the very peak of their specialism. If you would
like to join the Forsight team and help raise money to support this crucial
work – do get in touch.


Summer 2011 Brainteaser winners and answers

Well done to all the winners and runners up who submitted entries to the Forsight Summer 2011 challenge. 

We thought this last Brainteaser was extremely difficult, and couldn't believe anyone could possibly get 90. Amazingly,  two did and the winner – an old friend of ours – scored a miraculous 97.  How he managed it we really don’t know. A further five scored over 80.  The prizewinners were:

1st with 97: C.T. Chantler, of Bath – £50
2nd with 91; Jean Baker, of Chesterfield – £30
Joint 3rd with 86.5 – and sharing the £20 prize – are Diane Humble, of York
and Margaret Donald of Aberdeenshire.   

Then came:

83     Mr and Mrs G.T.Jones
82.5  Jane Tann
82     Mr and Mrs A. Sanders
81.5  Brian Penketh
81     Barbara Murphy (2nd Attempt)
79     Barbara Murphy (1st Attempt)
78     Mrs D. Rock
77.5  Mrs K. Damen
77     Brian Stone
76.5  Prof. Graham Whitehouse
75.5  Mrs Jean Redsell
75     Dr David  O’Halloran
75     Mr K.W. Beech
71.5  Linda Robson
70.5  Gill Wickes
65     Mr and Mrs T. Kane

Entrants came from all over Britain and only two clues defeated everyone… 

55 is “ECT:  Eleven Choose Two”, i.e. the number of pairs which can be chosen from 11.  (Use your calculator to find “superscript 11 C subscript 2”). 

83 is “Parts to Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah”, a code of Jewish law roughly equivalent to the Bible.

And now… to check out all the other clues which drove you potty all summer – click here to download the solution (188kb PDF). This is the last brainteaser that the incomparable David Lennard is going to compile for Forsight, but if enough followers plead with us(!) we will try to find something similarly devilish for you all for Christmas.

Thanks to you all – buying our brainteasers, raffle tickets, cakes, plants and jams has helped raise the £150,000 for the wonderful EYESI Simulator in just under two years. So when you have finished checking these solutions – take a bow!

The Eye Team at Arrowe Park Hospital are keen to buy more equipment to keep them at the forefront of eye care, so Forsight will be continuing raising funds to help save sight in Wirral and beyond.

Rapid Hardware's fantastic gift…

Those fantastically generous people at Rapid Hardware in Liverpool have ensured that Forsight's plant sales this year will break all records…

The store heard on BBC Radio Merseyside about our efforts to grow garden plants for sale in aid of the Appeal and they immediately offered to supply us with all the flower seeds we could possibly use. We collected the parcel on Saturday… and discovered within it an absolute feast of flowers to grow and sell – £100 worth of seed which will convert into thousands of pounds over the coming years.

The Forsight Appeal Committee – and anyone in Merseyside who has an eye problem now, or in the future, which will require an operation – owes Rapid a very big thank you: their generosity has made a very real contribution to saving sight in Merseyside.

The pictures here show just the very start of the growing, which began as soon as we were back from Liverpool! The seeds on the bench are only those which can be planted in February; there are many more boxes of them for planting in March, April and May.

* We should also acknowledge again the generous gift of herb and vegetable seed from Suttons, which will also be grown for sale. A full list of the plants which we will have for sale – and how you can buy them – will be posted on this website before the end of March. If you would like more information before then about how you can buy plants in aid of Forsight – or you would like to circulate lists to colleagues and friends to ensure we make as much money as possible – please email

£30,000 donation sends appeal total soaring

This week we have fantastic news to report… Arrowe Park Hospital League of Friends has donated a stupendous £30,000 towards the £150,000 EYESI Simulator. The cheque was presented to Mr Mark Watts by League of Friends representatives Ellen Clark,  Beryl Dare, Ken Robinson and Jean Kaye.

The money was raised through the League of Friends shop at Arrowe Park Hospital.

This magnificent cheque means that our aim of buying the entire EYESI suite of software by the end of the year has become a realistic hope.

Said Forsight Appeal Chair Mike Unwin: “This is a huge amount of money to receive in one go and we can never thank the hospital's League of Friends enough. It gives us real impetus to work harder still to raise the remaining money and ensure our eye surgeons have the equipment they so desperately need.  We have already bought the machine itself and the first set of software – which allows trainees to practise cataract surgery. This League of Friends donation takes us a long way towards being able to buy the software which simulates retinal operations, repairing the back of the eye.”

The EYESI is already playing a crucial role in saving the sight of a many people across Merseyside, and the Appeal committee is determined to get it fully operational as soon as possible.

Mike added: We know that many people are planning to raise some money for the Appeal this year, and we can only beg them to still do so. We need as much help and support from other local organisations as possible.

“I cannot thank The League of Friends enough for their wonderful generosity in supporting Forsight.  Anyone in Merseyside who needs an operation to save their sight will owe these wonderful people a lasting debt of gratitude.”

Sensational Suttons!

We have just received a bumper parcel of 100 packets of flower, vegetable and herb seeds from the fantastic staff at Suttons… for us to grow on into plants for sale in aid of Forsight.

We have basil, lemon coriander, thyme, chives and sorrel, 'Hundreds and Thousands' tomatoes, yellow hanging basket tomatoes, chillis, peppers, outdoor cucumber, courgette and onions as well as phlox, marigolds and pansy…

We can't thank Suttons enough for their unbelievable generosity – they have ensured the Forsight plants sales are set to break all records this year.

If you would like a full list of plants available for sale, email

Mike’s growing success

Intrepid runner and Forsight supporter Mike Dowsett is also a very keen gardener and allotmenteer, and he sent us pictures of the Forsight plants he bought and grew on – and news of their success…

Mike’s allotment is not only his main source of food all summer, it is the site of his very own memorial garden to the Hillsborough disaster victims (Mike is an avid Liverpool supporter). All spring and summer last year he bought plants which had been raised for sale in aid of Forsight, with a special request that we grow more red flowers this year to fit his Liverpool FC theme! (Everton supporters are welcome to try to out do Mike with orders for blue flowered plants.)

Mike wrote: “Please find attached a couple of images of your wonderful plants I grew last season. With your help, I came 3rd out of over 100 allotmenteers in the flower category of the Caia Park Environmental Group. This, I’m sure will go down well on the Forsight website, encouraging more people to buy what are now award-winning flowers!!!”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Our gardening team will be growing an even wider range of plants this season – salads, herbs, vegetables, plus annuals and perennial flowers. If you would like to be notified when the plants are ready for sale to avoid the disappointment of discovering your favourites have sold out, or you would like to put in special requests for plants, email

Please support our fundraisers!

We are very grateful to all those who are organising events in aid of Forsight, and this month we are particularly calling for support for a marathon runner, as well as looking for takers for a golf day and a quiz night…

INTREPID Forsight Supporter Mike Dowsett (who works in Arrowe Park’s Eye Department) will be running for Forsight in this year’s London Marathon in April 17th. Mike is currently setting up a JustGiving page, where he will be thrilled to receive your sponsorship donations. In the meantime, you can email him c/o with your offers of support and we will pass them on…

GOLF-MAD? The Mayor of Wirral is holding a Golf Day at Bromborough Golf Club, Raby Hall Road, Bromborough on Sunday, 8th May 2011. The cost is £200 for a Team of 4. The ticket price includes a round of golf, three course dinner and prize giving. Contact Sue Carroll at Wallasey Town Hall on 0151-691-8527 or
email: for tickets.

QUIZ-MAD? The Mayor of Wirral is holding a Quiz Night on Friday 25th February at The Queen’s Royal, Marine Promenade, New Brighton, Wirral CH45 2JT starting at 7.30pm. The evening includes Chicken & Chips in a Basket and tickets are £9 per person with a maximum of 6 per team.
To book a team, contact either Peter Kenrick, Quizmaster, tel – 0151 632 6258, mob – 07779 902943, email – or Rick Myers, tel- 0151 482 3145, mob- 07887 631218, e-mail-

Brainteaser answers…

Here is the long-awaited solution to the absolutely MADDENING Christmas 2010 Brainteaser.

We were delighted at how many we sold, and astonished that so many people spent such a long time unravelling it.  Our  Brainteaser compiler David Lennard received 28 answer sheets, with 11 people scoring more than 90. Fantastic!
For the full list of answers, click here (
122KB pdf download).

Special congratulations go to:

1st:  Chris Chantler, Bath with a stunning 99 points (£50 prize).
2nd:  Jean Baker from Derbyshire with 97 points, and… (£30 prize)

3rd:  Wayne Allen, of Greasby, Wirral with 96.5 points. (£20 prize).
Their cash prizes will be sent to them very soon…

The remaining entrants scored as follows:

Brian Stewart   95.5

Mr J.E Taylor   95.5

Paul Fairfield   95

Mrs J. De Prez   94

John R. Gill   93.5

Mrs S.T. Nicholls   92.5

Richard Pownall   90.5

Nikki Thomson   90.5

Mrs K. Damen   89

Miss Ingrid Jones   89 

Angela Sant    89

S. Grogan  80

Vikki du Bois  86.5

Jill Lowry  85.5

Miss Christine Byrne  85

Jean Warley  84.5
R.H. & P.M. Amery  83

Eleanor Blore  82.5

D.M. Jones  81

Edna Crummie  80.5

Mr M.J.Dowsett  80

Marc Shaw  78

David Stott  77.5

Diane Humble  72.5

Mrs Hartley  65 

In addition to those above, who submitted their brainteasers for marking, many hundreds of people bought them and battled with them throughout the autumn and Christmas seasons. Thank you all so much for supporting Forsight while driving yourselves potty in the process!

If you would like us to run another brainteaser in the summer, do email and let us know at so we can gauge interest…

We think they are the perfect (low weight) addition to a holiday suitcase – and a great way to help us save sight in Wirral, Merseyside and beyond… If enough of you agree, we will make sure another one is ready for you, just after Easter… Thank you all, so much, for your support.


After all the hard work of our fundraisers, old and young, and the generosity of the people of Wirral, we have now taken delivery of our EYESi cataract surgery simulator in to the Eye Department at Arrowe Park.

It arrived last week, and has now been set up, so the fulfilment of our dream to be one of the first units in the country to have this marvellous technology has been realised. Junior surgeons are already training on the EYESi, practising cataract surgery in the safe environment of virtual reality. We shall shortly be extending an invitation to young surgeons from neighbouring units around the Region in Liverpool, Chester, Warrington Crewe and Southport to come and use the simulator, so that they too can benefit in the way our own surgeons at Arrowe Park are already doing.

But the fundraising isn’t over yet! We still need to buy the module which will allow us to train in retinal surgery (the back of the eye), so the work is continuing to raise the next £70,000.


Mr. Arun Sachdev, who is currently training at Arrowe Park, practising 
some advanced skills on the simulator.