Sight for Surrey has today announced that acting legend, star of the screen and Surrey resident, Dame Judi Dench, CH, DBE, has agreed to become a Patron of the charity for its Centenary year, 2022.

Sight for Surrey supports and enables people in Surrey who are blind, vision impaired, Deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind to lead full and independent lives, a mission that Dame Judi Dench holds close to her heart, as in 2012, she was diagnosed with macular degeneration.

Dame Judi said, “Sight for Surrey is a charity that I respect and support. I live with an eye condition and know first-hand how losing your sight can make even the most simplest tasks, like reading the newspaper, post or emails or a list of ingredients, a challenge! The work that this charity does in getting people set up and adjusted to life with a vision impairment is amazing and I am honoured to be their Patron in their Centenary year”.

Bob Hughes, Chief Executive at Sight for Surrey said, “we are delighted that Dame Judi has agreed to be our Patron during an exciting and eventful year for the charity. We have been supporting people in Surrey with a sensory loss for 100 years and look forward to many more. We hope that Surrey residents will be spurred into fundraising action this year and set themselves a fundraising challenge that will test their boundaries and highlight the challenges that people with a sensory loss face every day.”

Sight for Surrey supports over 8,000 people in Surrey who are blind, vision impaired, Deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind.  The charity was established in 1922 when we first started assisting vision impaired soldiers returning from war and we have continued to help people in Surrey with a sight and/or hearing loss.

Sight for Surrey

  • Sight for Surrey has a specialist team of qualified and skilled professionals to support individuals by arming them with the knowledge, equipment and confidence to live and work fulfilling and independent lives. In addition, we provide a wide range of activities and events throughout the year that we need to raise public funds to enable these to continue.
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a common eye condition that affects a tiny part of the retina at the back of your eye, called the macula. AMD causes changes to the macula, which leads to problems with your central vision. Your central vision is the vision you use when you’re looking straight at something, for example when you’re reading, looking at photos or watching television. Your central vision can become distorted or blurry, and over time, a blank patch may appear in the centre of your vision. AMD doesn’t affect your peripheral (side) vision, so it doesn’t lead to total loss of sight.