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Sight loss charity helps local sufferers

 
Created on 14/06/2018 @ 13:18
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A Newtown-based support group, which helps to help increase the confidence and independence of people affected by macular degeneration will hold its next meeting on Monday, 2 July.

The Newtown Macular Support Group, which is organised by leading sight loss charity the Macular Society in partnership with local people, will meet from 2-4pm, at MCRA, Plas Dolerw, Milford Road, Newtown, and then on the first Monday of every month for the remainder of 2018.

The group is one of 25 of its kind in Wales and more than 350 in the UK offering vital information, encouragement and friendship to people who are affected by macular disease.

As our population ages, increasing numbers of people are being affected by age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In Wales, AMD is the leading cause of blindness, with around 6,300 people diagnosed every year.

Marian Williams, Macular Society regional manager, said: “The Newtown Macular Support Group is here for anybody affected by macular degeneration – we want to encourage as many people to come along as possible. Friends and family are also very welcome.

“It’s good to be able to learn from each other’s experiences and get tips. The peer support can be so helpful. Our groups can really help people increase in confidence and become more independent.

“The group often has guest speakers on a variety of subjects, including macular conditions and their impact on our daily lives. The meetings are also social occasions where we can chat over a cup of tea.”

In Wales, the Macular Society has been able to establish and run new sight loss support groups and recruit volunteers across the country thanks to more than £340,000 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund, made possible thanks to National Lottery players.

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