Philip Mould OBE joins Fight for Sight as patron
14 July 2010
Art dealer, broadcaster and writer, Philip Mould OBE, has joined eye research charity Fight for Sight as patron.
Philip is a significant supporter of Fight for Sight. As well as lending his support to the charity’s recent My View of London photography competition, Philip also hosted a fundraising reception at his Dover Street gallery.
Fight for Sight Chief Executive, Michele Acton, is delighted Philip has taken on the role of patron for the charity: “Philip Mould has been a generous supporter of Fight for Sight and we are very pleased to welcome him on board as patron.
“The support of our patrons is so important for raising both the profile of the charity and funds for our vital programme of eye research, enabling us to take important steps towards a future without blindness and eye disease.”
Philip Mould said of his involvement with Fight for Sight: “As an art dealer, I occupy a world that is dependent on the power of sight. Someone who appreciates and understands art is often described as having “a good eye”. I can’t think of a neater link between a calling and a cause. I am honoured to be associated with Fight for Sight and its wonderful work in preventing and treating sight loss.”
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Notes for Editor:
1) Philip Mould OBE
Philip Mould OBE – art dealer, broadcaster and writer – is one of the country’s foremost experts on British art and is widely consulted by galleries, private collectors and the media. He is regarded as a leading specialist in British portraiture, and is well known for his numerous discoveries of early British art.
Since 1988 he has been the official art adviser to the House of Commons and to the House of Lords. In recognition of his expertise and contribution to portrait heritage he was awarded an OBE in January 2005.
Philip is the author of the acclaimed book Sleepers: In Search of Lost Old Masters (published in paperback as The Trail of Lot 163 by 4th Estate, London). His second book, Sleuth: The Amazing Quest for Lost Art Treasures, was published in 2009 by HarperCollins. His television work includes writing and presenting the Channel 4 series Changing Faces, co-presenting BBC2’s Antiques Show, and as an expert on the Antiques Road Show. He is also a regular reviewer and writer for the national press.
2) Fight for Sight
Fight for Sight is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to funding world-class research into the prevention and treatment of blindness and eye disease.
Since 1965, the charity has funded research at leading universities and hospitals throughout the UK. Our major achievements in this time include:
• saving the sight of thousands of premature babies through understanding and controlling levels of oxygen delivery;
• restoring sight by establishing the UK Corneal Transplant Service enabling over 48,000 corneal transplants to take place;
• revolutionising the treatment for children with amblyopia (lazy eye);
• bringing hope to children with inherited eye disease by helping fund the team responsible for the world’s first gene therapy clinical trial; and
• providing £1million for the research unit at the dedicated children’s eye centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Fight for Sight’s current research programme is focusing on preventing and treating age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataract. We are also funding research into the causes of childhood blindness and a large number of rare eye diseases.