AGM & Conference


You may already be aware that Galloway’s celebrates its 150th Birthday this year. So we decided that this year’s AGM should be a little different!

On Thursday 23rd November, we are hosting a special 150th Anniversary Sight Loss Conference at Leyland Civic Centre. After the usual AGM  business the morning will focus on the history of Galloway’s then after a light lunch, the afternoon will feature guest speakers Consultant Ophthalmologist, Mrs Sunila Jain and Researcher, and Age-related macular degeneration expert, Dr Simon Clark. Places are limited and are sure go quickly.

To book a place please call 01772 744148 and make sure you’re there to celebrate with us!


Guest Speakers


Guest Speakers


Sunila Jain

Sunila Jain is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester. Besides looking after patients, her job involves teaching Medical Students and training Junior Eye Surgeons, Nurses, Optometrists and Orthoptists.Sunila Jain is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester. Besides looking after patients, her job involves teaching Medical Students and training Junior Eye Surgeons, Nurses, Optometrists and Orthoptists.
Her love for Ophthalmology began as a Medical student. She started off her Ophthalmology training in India and continued when she moved to the UK almost 27 years ago. She has trained in Glasgow, Manchester, Oxford and Leicester, before adopting Lancashire as her home more than 15 years ago. Her main interest is cataract surgery, children's eye disease and adult eye disease from brain diseases & injury. Her research interests include nystagmus, brain tumour & eye problems and Charles Bonnet Syndrome. Sunila has always been keen to get involved in the local community and has worked with Gujarat Hindu Association, Local Eye Health Network and Pituitary foundation in Lancashire. She lives in Chorley with her husband, a Radiologist, and her 2 children - a Medical Student and a budding Geographer. Her love for Ophthalmology began as a Medical student. She started off her Ophthalmology training in India and continued when she moved to the UK almost 27 years ago. She has trained in Glasgow, Manchester, Oxford and Leicester, before adopting Lancashire as her home more than 15 years ago. Her main interest is cataract surgery, children's eye disease and adult eye disease from brain diseases & injury. Her research interests include nystagmus, brain tumour & eye problems and Charles Bonnet Syndrome. Sunila has always been keen to get involved in the local community and has worked with Gujarat Hindu Association, Local Eye Health Network and Pituitary foundation in Lancashire. She lives in Chorley with her husband, a Radiologist, and her 2 children - a Medical Student and a budding Geographer.

Dr Simon Clark

Dr Simon Clark is an expert in Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) which is the most common form of blindness in the western world and affects individuals over the age of 50. The condition damages the central part of the retina (called the macula) and results in the complete loss of central vision. It is estimated that by 2020 around 193 million people worldwide will suffer from some form of the disease. There are two forms of AMD, ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ AMD. Wet AMD is the most devastating and whilst drugs can slow its progression, it accounts for just 10% of AMD cases. Presently, there is neither a cure nor therapy for the remaining 90% of patients who have the dry form of the disease. AMD is a genetically driven condition, where mutations in the genes of the immune system are associated with increased risk. During this talk, Dr. Clark will: provide some background into this devastating eye disease; discuss how the AMD-risk associated mutations affect our immune system; and talk about new therapeutics currently being developed. Also, Simon will talk about an unforeseen link with the Black Death and how AMD may not in fact be a disease of the eye at all!

Peter Taylor

Peter Taylor was became a social worker with Lancashire County Council in 1978 and from 1980 specialised in working with visually impaired people with the then Preston East team. He joined the organisation which we today know as Galloway’s in 1987 and served as the charity’s chief officer for 25 years. He was a founder trustee and later Chairman of Visionary the national organisation of sight loss societies. To his amazement, he has just completed 37 years’ service in the sector.

Garry Cheesbrough

In April 1970 at the age of nine, Garry was sent to Derby School for the Partially Sighted, in Lytham Road, Fulwood – away from family and friends to board in a strange little school. Garry has written a book called "Those Derby Days" about his experience. In the book, he tells the unique story of this first-ever school specialising in educating partially sighted children in Britain. Compiled from testimonies of ex-pupils he describes how this fledgeling school struggled to meet the challenges of a new concept in education.