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How to support us

The College is a registered charity and a membership organisation.

Although most of our income comes from membership subscriptions, we encourage donations to further our work to advance the science and practice of ophthalmology.

There are various ways in which you can support our work:

John Lee Fellowship

The eighth President of the College, Mr John Lee, died during his presidency, which was an enormous loss. We commemorate his outstanding contribution to the ophthalmic profession through a named research fellowship jointly funded by the Medical Research Council and the College. This is a particularly apt memorial as John was a strong advocate of academic medicine. The latest news about the MRC RCOphth Fellowship is published here.

You can donate to the John Lee fund on the Just Giving Page dedicated to the fellowship: https://www.justgiving.com/John-Lee-Fellowship-Appeal/

Charities Aid Foundation

We welcome donations routed through the Charities Aid Foundation. Interested donors should visit the website www.cafonline.org

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a tax efficient way for individuals to support the valuable work of the College. We welcome donations made under the Gift Aid rules. Please download and complete the declaration form and return it with a cheque to:

The Finance Department
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
18 Stephenson Way
London NW1 2HD


A bequest to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists would help the College to continue its important work. The Codicil form must by signed and witnessed, in order for it to become a codicil to your existing Will and sent to your solicitor. It is important to follow the instructions below to ensure your wishes are carried out.

  • Any alterations must be made before you sign
  • Then date the document where indicated
  • Then in the presence of two witnesses sign your name where indicated
  • The two witnesses must sign their names and write their addresses where indicated
  • You and the witnesses must all be present together when you sign, and the witnesses must see you sign
  • No person taking benefit under the document or the husband or wife of any such person should be a witness, otherwise  such person will not be able to take any benefit under the document
  • All alterations should be initialled by you and the witnesses in the margin opposite the alteration
  • On no account should anything be pinned, stapled, paper-clipped or fastened in any way whatsoever to the document

Form of Codicil