Macular Society receives Big Lottery boost

£50,000 grant will enable the charity to continue a programme it delivers in Northern Ireland

Macular Society receives Big Lottery boost

Macular Society has received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund which it will use to support its work in Northern Ireland over the next 12 months.

The charity has been awarded £50,000 and will use the funds in its Reaching Out – Connecting Older People programme, which aims to deliver services to people with macular disease and other sight loss conditions.

In Northern Ireland, it is estimated that over 33,000 people have macular disease, with 12 new people being diagnosed every day, the Macular Society highlighted.

Speaking about the importance of the grant, head of service delivery at the Macular Society, Tessa Barrett, said: “This additional funding will strengthen groups and volunteers in Northern Ireland to provide more life changing support to those with macular disease, especially reaching people in more isolated, rural communities. We’re immensely grateful to Big Lottery Fund Northern Ireland for its continued support.”

The Big Lottery Fund has supported the Macular Society in Northern Ireland since 2009. To date it has invested £250,000 to enable the charity to deliver a wide range of support services all over the country and triple the number of peer support groups for people with macular disease.