Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020

One donation, twice the impact.

The Big Give has now ended for 2020. Thank you to everyone who supported Retina UK. 

The Big Give Christmas Challenge logo

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge takes place from midday on 1 December to midday on 8 December. Only donations made during this timeframe are eligible to be doubled from the match funding pot.

To be matched, donations must be made via the Big Give Christmas Challenge website here:

The Big Give Christmas Challenge website accepts the following card types: Mastercard/Visa/Maestro/Switch/Solo/Delta/American Express/CAF Bank Business cards displaying the Mastercard logo.

Yes, if you are a UK taxpayer and your donation qualifies for Gift Aid you will be able to select this during the donation process.

Yes, the website charges 1.9% of the donation amount (without Gift Aid) plus 20p, plus 4% of Gift Aid if your donation is eligible. You can find out more about this here: When making your donation, you will also be asked if you would like to make a voluntary contribution to support the running of the platform. If you would prefer not to, make sure to change the percentage in the box to 0.

You will see “” on your bank statement (The Big Give’s payments processor).

We have lined up a match funding pot of £20,000, provided by some of our major donors and charitable trust supporters, as well as our Big Give Christmas Challenge Champion – The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust. Every donation made will be doubled from this pot until it runs out – achieving our target of £40,000!

You can still make a donation, even if the match funding pot has run out. In fact, we would encourage you to do so – even though your donation won’t be doubled, it will still add to the total raised and invested in research, and if we exceed our target we become eligible for an additional cash award from the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

We will invest the amount raised into medical research investigating inherited sight loss and potential treatments. This is particularly vital at the present time, as momentum has been lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the original lockdown, universities have taken steps to ensure that laboratories are Covid-secure workspaces, so that researchers can now access them safely. Many university executive committees have committed to allowing researchers to access labs even during further lockdown-type restrictions, so that work essential to the smooth continuation of a project can still take place. This means that we should not see disruption to the same extent again.

If you have any difficulties using the platform, the Retina UK fundraising team are here to help. We are all working remotely from home at the moment, but you can reach us on our mobile numbers during working hours and we will be pleased to help: