“During my term of office I have chosen to support the Wakefield Macular Support Group and the Macular Society as my principle charities. I may also share some of the money raised among other local charities that I may visit during the year”.
About Macular Disease
Nearly 1.5m people in the UK have macular disease. It affects people of all ages.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common condition, generally affecting people over 50. AMD affects central vision - it may become blurry or distorted and gaps or dark spots may appear. As AMD progresses, the ability to see clearly will change.
Around one in every 200 people has AMD at 60. However, by the age of 90 it affects one person in five. We are all living longer so the number of people affected is increasing. There are two forms of AMD – dry and wet.
A group of rare inherited conditions called juvenile macular dystrophies can affect much younger people, including children.
The Macular Society funds research into the disease and provides counselling for those who are suffering.
Wakefield Macular Support Group (WMSG)
WMSG is one of 400 groups across the UK. They offer practical and emotional support for people with macular disease, from those living with it today.
Meeting other people with macular disease can help sufferers understand their condition, come to terms with sight loss, share information about treatment and ultimately stay independent. Every group is different but many invite guest speakers, run social events, arrange outings and holidays, fundraise, campaign and work with local eye care professionals.
Wakefield’s MSG is run by volunteers and meet every first Tuesday of the month from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Elizabethan Gallery in Wakefield.