Marlborough's Macular Support Group receives a £500 grant from the Town Council
On Thursday 27 January the Mayor, Councillor Margaret Rose handed over a cheque for £500 to the Marlborough Macular Group, a grant awarded by the Town Council to an organisation dedicated to helping those with poor or failing eyesight.
Marlborough Macular Group is a local self-help support group, associated with the Andover-based Macular Society (www.macularsociety.org), and there to help anyone with poor sight. As well as providing information and help, introductions to ways of dealing with and alleviating such conditions through organising trips to rehabilitation centres, the group aims to give support and provide a social forum. They are there to help anyone whose sight has started to fail due to any cause. The group meets on the last Thursday of every month at the Wesley Hall in Oxford Street (hall rental is covered thanks to a donation from Specsavers).
Poor eyesight afflicts many members of society, particularly those of advancing years and is frequently a condition accepted and endured by those whose sight has started to degenerate. Whilst cures and treatments, particularly for conditions like age-related macular degeneration are gradually being developed thanks to advances in medical science the day-to-day coping with such conditions can be very difficult.
The greatest problems for our local group, says Secretary Linda Chapman, are the awareness of the group’s existence and when the meetings take place, and also how those attending can get to the meetings, especially those living outside the town who have to rely on the local bus network which is currently under threat from Wiltshire Council cuts.
“The more people who know about us, the more people we can help.” “This generous grant from the Town Council will help towards the costs of visits to rehab centres and other group outings, and getting speakers for our meetings” she added.