I am delighted to announce that Dame Maggie Smith, winner of two Academy Awards, has agreed to be a patron of the charity. Dame Maggie is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most distinguished actresses, and the IGA could not be more excited about the appointment. She is known for her Academy Award winning roles, both as best actress in
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and best supporting actress in California Suite. Dame Maggie was also nominated for her roles in Gosford Park, A Room with a View, Travels with my Aunt and Othello. In addition, Dame Maggie has won five BAFTA film awards, as well as a Special Award and Academy Fellowship.
Dame Maggie’s fame spans the generations, and her more recent roles include the popular Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter movies, and the formidable Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey. When I accepted the role of Chairman, I said that I hoped to improve awareness of the IGA within ophthalmic circles both nationally and internationally, but more importantly with the general public. The appointment of such a high profile patron has been a great first step.
I am hoping that Dame Maggie’s involvement will raise the profile of glaucoma in the public
consciousness, although we will not ask her to campaign outside Number 10!
Dame Maggie has said that she will be delighted to be a patron of the IGA and to support the organisation when she can. With Dame Maggie’s participation, we are hoping to secure
a slot for the IGA on the Radio 4 Appeal.
Keith Barton MD FRCP FRCS
Chairman, IGA Board of Trustees