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.