National sight loss charity the Macular Society has benefited from a £100,000 donation from the Freemasons, which will help fund research into finding a potential cure for age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
The Freemasons’ health and care charity, the Masonic Samaritan Fund, made the donation following a vote of local Freemasons who nominated the Macular Society to receive the research grant.
The grant has been awarded to Professor Majlinda Lako and her team at the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle University. It will be used to create a human disease model of AMD, which aims to “galvanise and accelerate progress towards understanding how AMD develops and test the effectiveness of new treatments,” the Macular Society explained.
Chief executive of the Macular Society, Cathy Yelf, said: “We are extremely grateful for the recent donation from the Freemasons, which will help in our campaign for more funding for macular research."