The Macular Society is extremely grateful for the support we receive from Trusts and Charitable Foundations. Our vital work simply would not be possible without this support. All of our income comes from donations, grants and membership fees: we do not receive any government funding. Please support our vital work, helping people with sight loss beat macular disease and maintain their independence and quality of life. You can also support our medical research fund to improve treatments and find a cure for macular conditions, the leading cause of sight loss in the UK. There are currently more than 600,000 people with late-stage macular degeneration in the UK. A staggering 70,000 people are newly diagnosed every year. 

We are the only UK national charity for people affected by macular disease. With more than 22,000 members, we provide a unique voice for people with macular conditions. Our fantastic network of 1,500 volunteers, many of whom have macular disease themselves, work to help others in their communities and across the UK to maintain their independence and quality of life as their sight deteriorates.

How your Trust or Charitable Foundation can help

  • £500 enables at least 50 people to receive vital free information, support and guidance from our Advice and Information Service team, who receive more than 11,000 calls every year.
  • £1,000 covers the costs of storing, maintaining and transporting donor eye tissue for a year for use in medical research to improve treatments and find a cure.
  • £5,000 equips a volunteer to demonstrate low vision aids to people in the community with macular disease, helping them to retain their independence and quality of life.
  • £8,000 pays for an annual service contract to maintain an electron microscope, which costs several hundred thousands of pounds.
  • £10,000 covers the costs of recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to run 20 local support groups.
  • £15,000 pays for 10 volunteers to be trained as 'Skills for Seeing' trainers to teach people with central vision loss rehabilitative techniques to make the best use of their remaining vision.
  • £30,000 enables 50 people to receive counselling from our accredited counsellors, helping them cope with the emotional impact of losing their sight.
  • £75,000 will fund a scanning laser microscope to be used in clinical research.
  • £100,000 will fund electroretinography, which records retina responses as part of the study of early age-related macular degeneration.
  • £170,000 funds a three year research project exploring new treatments and a potential cure for macular disease.

Please help us to overcome macular disease - a major health issue impacting our society.


Amy Ryan, Trusts and Philanthropy Fundraising Manager on 01264 321 984 or at
Rachel Hopkins, Senior Trusts Officer on 01264 326 628 or at
Ruth Paley, Senior Trusts Officer on 01264 322 415 or at

Our Supporters 

A huge thank you to all our supporters, who make our work possible by donating funds or volunteering their time. 

Our recent supporters include:

  • Big Lottery Fund 
  • Blindcraft Charitable Trust
  • The Carmen Butler-Charteris Charitable Trust
  • The Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Charitable Foundation
  • G C Gibson Charitable Trust
  • Simon Gibson Charitable Trust
  • Help for Health
  • Roger and Jean Jefcoate
  • The Kirby Laing Foundation
  • The Linbury Trust
  • The Mabs Mardulyn Foundation
  • Masonic Charitable Foundation
  • The R S Macdonald Trust
  • Simplyhealth
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Worshipful Company of Fan Makers
  • Elise Pilkington Trust