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Queen opens Desmond Centre

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-02-23

Richard Desmond

Richard Desmond

The Queen has officially opened the new children's wing of Moorfields Eye Hospital which was supported with a £2.5m donation from media tycoon Richard Desmond.

The Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre which is located in the City of London cost over £15m to build and Daily and Sunday Express newspaper owner Desmond was the largest single individual to donate.

The new centre is the largest in the world dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eye disease in children.

Desmond himself was a patient at Moorfields. In 2004, he develooped acute angle glaucoma and made a full recovery.

"It’s a great day for Moorfields, and I am extremely proud to have my name associated with this fantastic hospital," said Desmond. "The building is marvellous and I hope this centre will be here for years to come, and treat as many children as possible."