How we raise and spend money

How we raise money

With an ageing population, more and more people are affected by macular disease. It is therefore more important than ever that we raise as much money as possible to help fund research into treatments and to help find a cure, as well as continuing to provide information and support for those with macular disease.

Our funding comes from three main sources:

  • Charitable trusts and the National Lottery
  • Membership subscriptions and donations
  • Gifts in wills and donations in memory

We receive no government funding or donations from pharmaceutical companies.

Our fundraising activities include promotion of events such as runs; our popular Tea for MD parties; recycling schemes; a raffle; appeals both for research and services; and corporate sponsorship.

We are extremely grateful to all our wonderful supporters for every donation. Together we can help thousands of people in the UK today to cope with the effects of macular disease.

How we spend money

We operate extremely cost effectively with a small staff of 37 full time equivalent staff, 19 of whom are directly focussed on supporting members and volunteers, and delivering services. Some of our annual budget is used for management, administration and fundraising, but our growing network of over 1,500 volunteers across the UK help us support many thousands of people nationally, making our income go so much further.

Download our Annual Review 2016.