Our UK Aid Match appeal explained

Sightsavers’ UK Aid Match appeal means any donations you make will go twice as far. Here you can learn how the appeal works, and how your gifts will help us save sight.

A small child receives his annual dose of Zithromax to protect him from trachoma/

How does UK Aid Match work?

All donations made to this appeal will be matched by the UK government, pound for pound, up to a total of £2 million. We hope knowing your gift will go twice as far will inspire you to give – because there are so many people around the world who desperately need your help.

Aid Match gives you, our supporters, an amazing opportunity to double the impact of your gift. With your help, we can prevent avoidable blindness and save the sight of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

When does UK Aid Match apply?

Donate between 9 October 2019 and 9 January 2020 and your donation will be doubled by the UK government.

Any new regular donations set up within the appeal window will be matched for up to three months, and any additional amount donated on top of existing regular donations will also be matched.

What impact will my donation have?

Your donation will be used to support our work wherever the need is greatest.  The matched funds raised through UK Aid Match will support our eye health projects in Uganda and Malawi.

These projects will deliver eye care services, particularly for marginalised groups including women and people living with disabilities. We will provide eye examinations, deliver treatments and perform operations in local communities, which will help to improve eye health in the long term.

UK Aid logo, featuring the Union Jack and the wording 'Matching your donations with UK aid'.
Aluna from Tanzania has her eyes checked for trachoma. They are visibly red and swollen.

142 million people worldwide are at risk of going blind from trachoma.

About the disease

Your donation can change lives around the world