Summer Brainteasers – results!

The Forsight Summer Brainteaser has been a huge success – so much so
that compiler David Lennard has very kindly compiled another for us – in
exactly the same format – for your winter entertainment. For those who did not
get a summer brainteaser, there are 100 questions, with each answer linked to
the number of the question. So, ‘10 GB’ would be 10 Green Bottles, and ‘88 TFL’
would be Two Fat Ladies (the bingo call)…


David’s brainteasers are maddeningly good!  Long-lasting and challenging, but most of all fun.


You can help us save sight in Wirral by buying a bundle of the Christmas
Brainteasers – at just £1 each – to sell on to friends or to include in your
Christmas cards… The closing date will be the end of January 2011 so families
can get their teeth into it over the Christmas season.


…If you would like to buy a batch of Christmas Brainteasers, just email


And now, the answers and results of the Summer Brainteaser. To download the answers click here. Read on for the winners' details…


David writes:  “I was delighted that so many people
became so involved in the quiz; 32 sent me their answers, 14 scored more than
80 and, of these, 4 scored, amazingly, more than 90.  The perseverance shown was incredible!  I was also touched that a good many
said how much they had enjoyed it. 

“In the end it
came down to half-marks separating the winners.  So here are the prize-winners, and their marks:



1st            Andrew
Roxburgh, Prenton, Wirral95  (wins £50)

2nd            Graham
Scholfield, Higher Bebington, Wirral94.5  (wins £30)

3rd            Wayne
Allen, Greasby, Wirral92.5  (wins £20)




Mike Heaps…91.5

Mrs V Carty89

John R Gill88

Thomas Levi88

Mr & Mrs A Sunders86.5

Lisa Bretherton86.5

Elizabeth Thorne85.5

Jim O’Neil…84

Jill Lowrie…83.5

J&N Haines81

Mrs Nikki Tomason…81

Mrs Bridget Gee…78

Sue O’Neil77

Mrs Anne Ewart76.5

Richard Pownall76

Brian Stewart75

J M Cross…74

Ruth Isaacs74

Edna Crummie & Joyce

Brian Frank70

Helen Keay67

Mrs I D Porter62

Joy Williams56

Angela Brabin54.5

Anonymous (!!)53.5

Mr Kerri Dobbins…52

Mrs Liz Dobbins…51.5

Mike Dowsett…44.5

Mrs J Large43.5


Well done to all of you! We’ll be in touch with the winners very soon to
present their cash prizes.

Eye Ball Update

The Wirral Optometrists’ Eye Ball, originally planned for
July 17, has had to be postponed, due to circumstances beyond the control of
the Optometrists Committee and the Forsight Appeal.


The Forsight Appeal Committee would like to take this
opportunity to warmly thank all those who had already come forward to book
tickets for this event.


Appeal Committee Chair Mike Unwin commented: ‘We have had
fantastic support for the Appeal since its launch last October, and every  one of Wirral’s Optometrists have
supported us with our Appeal posters and leaflets in every optician’s  outlet.


‘We would like to thank them all for their commitment and
look forward to being able to get together again in the future to organise an
Optometrists’ fund-raising event.


‘In the meantime, the appeal committee is busy planning a
year of events, and we will be announcing a new gala event in aid of the appeal
very soon!’


If you would like to support Forsight,  just email

Alan's 'The King' of the Road!

spring biker Alan Povey, 59, gave The King a run for his money – literally. He donned a fetching red velvet suit and
joined the Wirral Egg Run as Elvis, all in aid of Forsight.


Alan is a
clinical support worker in Arrowe Park Hospital’s eye department, and is no
stranger to to the Egg Run: “My wife and I have been on these runs fairly often
but its the first one I've done in fancy dress (at my colleague Mike Dowsett's
suggestion, to raise more money!)”

This year the Egg Run celebrated its 30th anniversary and a procession of 16,000
bikes roared their way across Wirral raising thousands of pounds for charity.
Alan and his wife Jane (who is a specialist nurse at Arrowe Park and also
raised sponsorship money) took about 1 hour and 20 mins to get round the route on
their motor trike – a motorcycle converted with the addition of a car back end, raising a wonderful £175 in the process.
A long time supporter of local charities, Mike decided to send money to
Forsight this year because, in his words: “I believe in the work you do – especially
raising money for the Eyesi Simulator. G
ood luck in your

Calling all gardeners!

Massive thanks to Thompson & Morgan who are not only donating seeds of scented annual and perennial flowers for us to raise and sell, but are also donating 12% of every sale they make via the Forsight Appeal website. Now we urgently need your help to spread the word among your gardening friends.

This is such an easy way to raise money for the appeal, at no additional cost to the gardener. You just click on the ad on the home page, or here, and start spending money on your garden!

And remember to keep an eye on the Forsight website as Spring approaches – we will be offering plants and planters for sale as well as announcing garden open days…

Carrying on the gardening theme, thanks also go to Gordale Nurseries who have generously offered to donate compost to help us raise all the plants and to Ness Gardens who are donating tickets to the gardens as raffle prizes.

Lastly, thanks to all the Appeal supporters who are already busy raising thousands of annual and perennial flowers and vegetable plants for sale in aid of the Appeal, at fundraising events and direct to local garden enthusiasts. If you want to get the pick of the crop, email for details of which plants are available.

Meals on Heels!

The first in what is to become a series of Ladies Lunches took place yesterday at Thornton Hall Hotel’s lovely Lawns Restaurant.

Fifty ladies from across Wirral and from all walks of life got together for a leisurely three course lunch and to hear more about the Appeal from Co-ordinator Marie Stacey.

Excellent entertainment was provided by 10 pupils of Wirral Grammar School for Boys and one from Wirral Grammar School for girls who, led by Head of Music Peter Snowdon, put on a short programme of music comprising a clarinet trio, vocal duet and flute quartet.

After the meal, Marie gave a brief talk on her own experience of being told her sight was in danger, and of the sight-saving treatment she has received from the Eye Team at Arrowe Park Hospital.

The event raised £400 – with many of the ladies offering to organise a fundraising event in aid of the appeal.

Said Marie: ‘ It was a lovely, relaxed occasion which everyone seemed to really enjoy.  The Meals on Heels events are meant to be a leisurely, enjoyable and affordable way for ladies from all sorts of different backgrounds to get together. They aren’t a ‘hard sell’ at all; we are happy to earn a bit for the appeal from every ticket we sell, and it is up to the individual if they want to go on and do more to help.

‘I’d like to thank everyone who came along to this first ‘Meals on Heels’, and for the many generous offers of support for the appeal.

‘Being told you may lose your sight is terrifying, and of course losing your sight is a huge personal catastrophe.  But it is not life-threatening – and that makes it much harder to get people involved, especially when there are so many other good causes in need of support.

‘Although children can have sight problems, and the money we are raising will certainly help them, serious sight problems become especially common the older we get…  Wirral has a large proportion of older people living here, and sight loss is a much greater problem in Wirral than most realise.

‘We can’t raise the £150,000 we urgently need without a lot of support, and the wonderful offers of help from the Ladies Lunch have been such a boost. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported it.’

• If you would like to come to a future ‘Meals on Heels’ ladies lunch, alone or with a group of friends, please get in touch with Marie for details of the next one –

Just the ticket

Arrowe Park Eye Department held a Christmas coffee morning
for staff and patients, including a
successful raffle – raising a massive £630.

Thanks to Sue Derry and her
colleagues for all their hard work – and to the patients for their enthusiastic
purchasing of the raffle tickets!


(Any patients who would
like to support the Appeal by running a raffle among their own families and
friends, can contact us for a raffle prize from the stock of prizes which have
been generously donated by local firms and individuals. Go to the ‘contact us’
page of this website to get in touch).

Stunning South Wirral High School show

Hundreds of talented young people from South Wirral High
School Visual and Performing Arts College (VAPA) have put on another wonderful
three days of dance and drama – and generously donated the tickets sales
proceeds from the Charity Night to the Forsight Appeal.


Appeal Co-ordinator Marie Stacey, who attended the evening,
said: ‘The standard of organisation and performance was absolutely stupendous
and I enjoyed every minute of it. The young people are so talented and
entertaining. I would like to thank every one of them for the wonderful
evening, never mind the fantastic cheque for £820 for the Appeal.


During the interval, Marie, who is a patient of Arrowe
Park’s Eye Clinic, was asked to tell the audience about the Appeal, and her own
experience of being told her sight was in danger and would need immediate
intervention to save it. Following her talk, several members of the audience
also gave private donations to the Appeal.


Said Marie: ‘ I say this every time I talk about Forsight –
every single penny we are given is spent entirely on equipment to help Wirral’s
Eye Team save other people’s sight. Not one postage stamp is bought, or drop of
petrol paid for out of Forsight Appeal funds. All appeal costs are generously
donated by local firms or paid for by the committee members from their own


‘I would like to thank Catherine McCormack, the headteacher
of South Wirral High, and Becky Dutton, the director of the Visual and
Performing Arts College, for their hard work and encouragement. 


‘But most of all I want to thank all the pupils of the school
for putting on another stunning show. Their talent, enthusiasm and passion for
performance is unforgettable. The thanks of the patients and staff at the Eye
Clinics, and the Forsight Appeal committee, goes to every one of them.’

Let there be light!

The Christmas season got off to a lovely start last week
with Prenton High School’s long-established and highly successful Festival of
Light arts, crafts and Christmas fair, which this year invited the Appeal along
to spread the word and have a fund-raising stall.


Committee member Carla Williams spent the evening telling
visitors about the appeal, selling Christmas cake and raffling a lovely
Christmas hamper donated by Mrs Jennifer Russell.


Huge thanks go to everyone involved, especially Paula Dixon, headteacher
and Tom Flannery the school’s business manager.

21 October 2009

 We're off!

The Forsight Appeal was officially launched at Arrowe Park Hospital in October over two event-packed days.

The first main item on the Appeal’s shopping list is a £150,000 EYESi simulator (read all about it here), the first for the northwest of England.

Throughout the two days of the launch one of these state-of-the-art surgical simulators was in the hospital so that Wirral’s eye team, colleagues from around the region, junior medics, sixth form students and VIP guests could try it for themselves.

On the first day of the launch, Wednesday October 14, it was the medics’ turn on the EYESi, experiencing for the first time the ability to practise complex eye surgery in an entirely virtual and safe environment. Without exception, their reaction was an enthusiastic ‘Fantastic! How soon can we get one?’

On Wednesday evening, the Appeal was officially launched at a reception for medics, eye department patients, local schools, and dignatories. Special guests included Lady Jean Stoddart, the charity's long standing Patron who attended with Trustees of the charity; Steve Maddox, Chief Executive of Wirral Council, who immediately promised to walk the next Coastal Walk in aid of the Appeal; local elected members; representatives from businesses which have already pledged support, including Ian Mackay from C3 Imaging of Liverpool which has been hugely generous in donating all the appeal posters, leaflets and publicity items. Other VIP guests included representatives of the Hospital’s management team and the PCT, local optometrists, Mike McCartney, Wirral’s cultural Ambassador; and Geoff Dale, General Manager of Thornton Hall Hotel, which has nominated Forsight Appeal as one of the hotel’s main charities.

The second day, Thursday October 15, was devoted to would-be medics in Wirral’s sixth forms who streamed into the hospital throughout the day to try their hands at eye surgery on the EYESi. Mr Mark Watts, a senior consultant in the Wirral eye team and the training lead on EYESIs for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, generously spent the morning meeting and coaching the pupils on the machine –wonderful experience for the students.

The Appeal team sincerely thanks the Hospital, for hosting the two days, and the team from Stat One Services Ltd who loaned the Appeal an EYESi for the launch.

And what a great start we have had!