Remembering someone special

“Macular degeneration runs in my family: my grandmother and several aunts were affected.  For the last decade of her life, Mum was registered blind.  As she lived not far from me, I was able to care for her, so I know how very difficult life can be. 

Mum managed wonderfully well and never complained, but losing the ability to cook (how she loved icing cakes!), sew, play the piano, read the newspaper and so on was a desperate blow. 

I am glad that I never had to tell Mum that my own dry macular degeneration started at the age of 53. 

Thankfully, progression has been slow over the 20 years since then but I dread sight tests and the prospect of losing my driving licence. 

I joined the Macular Society many years ago and am hugely impressed by the help that is available and the research initiatives that are supported. As a befriender, I hope I contribute a little too – the training and support of volunteers is exemplary. 

Because of my experience I am very keen to support the work of the Society and the research that may save others from sight loss, so that’s why I’ve made a bequest in my Will.”

Tessa, Macular Society member

Many people, like Tessa, remember the Macular Society in their Will because of a family history of macular disease. Others may remember the Macular Society in their Will to honour a loved one who suffered life-changing sight loss in older age.

A gift in your Will to remember someone special means their legacy lives on. Your gift will help families, many years from now, get the support and advice they need to help a loved one struggling to cope with macular disease. Or fund research to find a cure, so that in generations to come, families start to tell a very different story.