Specsavers Opticians is aiming to raise £1,000 for the Guernsey Macular Society support group in a month of fundraising in March.
The store will donate £1 from every eye test carried out in March to the society, which supports people with macular conditions including age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Leading cause of blindness
Store director Sarah Burchett says: ‘There are around 1,000 people in Guernsey with macular degeneration. It is a disease which causes sufferers to lose their central vision, usually gradually, and unfortunately there is currently no cure. It can have a huge impact on someone’s life as the loss of vision often means they can’t easily, or are unable, to perform everyday tasks such as driving, reading or watching television.
‘We really wanted to support the local group and raise awareness about macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in the UK.'
Support for sufferers
The Guernsey Macular Society support group was formed in 2014 to help people suffering from macular conditions by organising talks and giving them the opportunity to meet and socialise with fellow sufferers.
Guernsey Macular Society support group co-founder Bill Gardiner says: ‘The group does not need a great deal of money to continue its work but there are costs involved, and the money from the generosity of Specsavers will enable us to donate some to the Macular Society in the UK which funds essential research into macular degeneration. We’ll also be able to use the money to fund social events for members.'