The David J Apple International Laboratory for Ocular Pathology is proud to be associated with the charity founded in London in 1967 by Harold Ridley. The Ridley Eye Foundation is a registered charity under English law, (number 252090). It raises funds for cataract surgery in developing countries , notably today in the Middle East wherr present activity is focused on providing cataract surgery at hospitals in Egypt, including at Harpur Memorial Hospital in the Nile Delta. The Foundation funds outreach projects which allow impoverished communities access to eye examinations and cataract surgery even in the most remote and poorly developed areas.
The Foundation is the sponsor of the Ridley Eye Foundation Lecture Medal which is awarded every two years by St. Thomas’ Eye Hospital in London to a leading ophthalmologist.
The Chairman and Trustee of the Ridley Eye Foundation is Nicholas Ridley, the elder son of Sir Harold Ridley. Nicholas is retired from a successful career in business and is Chairman of Council in Lincolnshire of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem. In 2004 he was appointed a Trustee of the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.
Also a Trustee and Head of Fundraising is Lauretta Ridley, wife of Nicholas. Lauretta too is involved with The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem in Lincolnshire, working as a fundraiser. She is Chairperson of The Ladies’ Guild of The St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and has raised considerable sums through dinners and concerts for the hospital in Jerusalem as well as for the Ridley Eye Foundation.
On 1 December 2014 Nicholas and Lauretta Ridley visited the David J Apple Laboratory and met with some of the staff and directors of the laboratory.
During their time in the laboratory, Nicholas had an attempt at cataract surgery using the laboratory’s phaco simulator and he remarked afterward “he had not inherited his father’s surgical dexterity!“
Strong links have been established between the Laboratory and the Ridley Eye Foundation, especially in preparation for training in sustainable cataract surgery at Harpur Memorial Hospital.
Every penny or cent donated is vital to the Foundation. A hospital serving approximately one million people is estimated to require a cataract rate of about 1,500 cases per year in order to keep pace with demand. Increasing cataract surgery in rural, impoverished areas overseas in turn helps the overall prosperity of these communities.
The Ridley Eye Foundation needs donations NOW to assist The Harpur Memorial Hospital in Egypt to pay for its staff and equipment to continue to carry out this vital work to help restore the sight of those who are desperate poverty. Please support the work by visiting thr website of the Ridley Eye Foundation