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Article by Ruth Hollingshead

The Isle of Wight Macular Group meets as part of the coffee morning at Millbrooke House on the first Wednesday of each month from 10.30am until 12.00pm.  On 1st of March Tom McInulty and his guide dog, Brunel, joined the group as their guest speaker.

Tom is the Macular Society’s regional manager for the South East and part of his role is to visit the local groups in his area. 

There was a lively group including Carla Evemy and Karen Chessel from the Sensory Support Team and Laura Gardener who is the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer based at St Mary’s Hospital.  Tom talked about the Macular Society, its work and the services it offers, as well as types of Macular Degeneration, treatment and research.  There was a good discussion and information was shared about all sorts of issues affecting people living with sight loss including benefits, transport, audio description, mobility, technology, and daily living skills. 

If you or a family member or friend has been diagnosed with Macular Degeneration, or you would like more information about sight loss, then come along for a friendly and informal chat.

PICTURED ABOVE (left to right) Ruth Hollingshead, Tom McInulty, Laura Gardiner, Carla Evemy, Tim Morris and Brunel the Dog.