Meet the team

We are a small and friendly team of enthusiastic fundraisers passionate about raising as much money as possible to fund pioneering research and vital services. You can reach any member of the team by calling the fundraising office on 01280 815900 or using the email addresses below.

Deborah Laing

Senior Fundraising Manager

I head up the team, formulate our overall strategy and secure funding from charitable foundations for research and services. I also manage our corporate partnerships, as well as our relationships with those supporters who are able to give significant gifts to Retina UK. I’ve worked as a fundraiser for ten years, and I love being part of a charity that’s so focused on creating real change.


Emily Purchase

Fundraising Events Manager

I manage our calendar of fundraising events, giving our supporters a variety of challenges and events to get involved in, and supporting them on their fundraising journey. I have worked in events for over five years now, working on everything from conferences, corporate dinners and charity balls, to weddings and challenge events such as marathons and skydives! I also oversee our community fundraising, and love hearing about everything our community fundraisers get up to. It’s so rewarding to help people achieve their personal challenges whilst also raising funds for such a brilliant charity.


Alice Capper

Trusts and Major Gifts Officer

My role includes researching suitable charitable trusts and foundations and assisting with sending applications for funding. I also co-ordinate the stewardship of some of our most significant supporters; sending messages of thanks and regular charitable updates. Being part of a small, close-knit team means I can get involved in a variety of different areas of fundraising too, which I love!

Fiona Leahy

Corporate Partnerships Officer

My role is to maintain and develop effective relationships with our existing corporate partners, as well as researching new prospective supporters to expand our network.

I explore and develop opportunities to grow our income, whilst facilitating ways for our partners to fulfil their corporate social responsibility requirements and engage in employee fundraising and volunteering.

Felicity Everett

Fundraising Administrator

I provide administrative support to the Fundraising Team, helping to maintain positive fundraising relationships with our volunteers and key supporters.

I look after our new and existing members and I’m responsible for all incoming supporter enquiries. I also assist with fundraising events and represent the charity at these when required. I love being part of the Fundraising Team and working for such a wonderful charity.