50 Years of 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 afterwards “he had not inherited his father’s surgical dexterity!“
S Liebing, G Auffarth, D Munro and H S Son watch Nicholas Ridley take the controls of the Simulator.
Lauretta Ridley looks on as Prof Auffarth assists Nicholas Ridley with the operation of the Surgical Simulator.
The Chairman of the Ridley Eye Foundation and Trustee of the charity 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 is also 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.
The David J Apple International Laboratory for Ocular Pathology is proud to be associated with this wonderful charity. 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 in Egypt.
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 of The Ridley Eye Foundation by visiting their website of the Ridley Eye Foundation