Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge – you’ve raised an incredible £53,752 !

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 30 Nov - 7 Dec 2021

How does it work?

  • A group of major donors and charitable foundations have come together to provide a match funding pot of £25,000.
  • To have your donation doubled from this pot, you must make your donation online using a debit or credit card via the Big Give Christmas Challenge website between midday on 30 November and midday on 7 December. This is the link:
  • Donations will only be doubled during this time-frame, and whilst the match funding pot lasts.
  • Contributions will be invested in ground-breaking research, helping to kick start progress following a challenging time for the scientific community.

You can find answers to some frequently asked questions below.

If you have any questions, or have trouble using the
Big Give Christmas Challenge platform during the campaign,
call any member of the fundraising team
9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday,
or email

Deborah Laing – 07841 004564

Alice Capper – 07841 481423

Simon Taylor – 07736 925174

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge takes place from midday on 30 November to midday on 7 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:

EU Visa and MasterCard donations = 1.5% of donation amount (without Gift Aid) + 20p + VAT

Non EU and American Express donations = 3.2% of donation amount (without Gift Aid) + 20p + VAT

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 select ‘other’ from the drop down menu and type ‘0’.

You will see “The Big Give RETINA UK” on your bank statement.

We have lined up a match funding pot of £25,000, provided by some of our major donors and charitable trust supporters. Every donation made will be doubled from this pot until it runs out – achieving our target of £50,000!

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.

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. Call Deborah, Alice or Simon during working hours: