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Grant will ‘improve quality of life’ for those with sight loss

A new £5,000 grant will help hundreds of people affected macular disease regain their confidence and independence.

Macular disease is the biggest cause of blindness in the UK, affecting nearly 1.5m people. It is an extremely isolating condition, robbing people of their confidence and independence.

The grant from the trustees of the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust will change the lives of people with macular disease, by helping them to learn how inexpensive tools and gadgets can help them to stay independent as their sight deteriorates.

Macular disease can make everyday tasks challenging and many things that people without sight loss take for granted, can become a source of frustration and difficulty. Thanks to this grant, local volunteers will have the tools needed to demonstrate life-changing low vision aids to people with sight loss attending the support groups, helping them to regain their confidence.

Tessa Barrett, head of services at the Macular Society, said: “Macular disease can affect people of all ages. It is a devastating condition and one that no one should have to suffer from.

“The Macular Society continues to help people of all ages adapt to life with sight loss and take back control of their lives.

 “This recent grant from the trustees of the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust will go a long way to helping people improve their quality of life.”