Patrons

The Macular Society is proud to have the following patrons. All of our patrons are visually impaired, indicated by the symbol *.

Denis Norden CBE*
Dennis Norden, retired comedy writer and television presenter. He is best known for his long-running TV shows It'll be Alright on the Night and Laughter File. He joined the Macular Society as a member in 2004 and became a patron in 2009.

Gemma Craven*
Gemma Craven has had many starring roles throughout her career, including parts in The Slipper and the Rose, BBC TV drama Pennies from Heaven, and the BBC Radio 4 comedy Clare in the Community. Both Gemma and her mother have macular disease. Gemma was diagnosed at the age of 60, following a check-up from her optician, who was aware the condition can sometimes be genetic. She became a patron in 2012.

Henry Blofeld OBE*
Henry Blofeld, or Blowers as he is affectionately known, is one of international cricket's best loved commentators. He was diagnosed with a macular condition around 2009 and became patron of the Macular Society in June 2012.

Gwyn Dickinson MBE*
Gwyn Dickinson had a career as a nurse and sister in psychiatric hospitals. She was diagnosed with macular degeneration in 1997. She joined the Society and immediately threw herself into helping members in Devon. She was soon asked to be a national trustee and became Chairman in 2002. She was awarded a MBE in 2010 in recognition of her work for visually impaired people and became a patron in 2013.