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A Berwick-upon-Tweed-based support group, which helps to help increase the confidence and independence of people affected by macular disease, will hold its next monthly meeting on Friday, January 26.

Sunday, 21st January 2018, 08:00 am

The group, which is organised by leading sight loss charity the Macular Society in partnership with local people, will meet from 10.30am to noon at King James Court, West Street. The group will then meet at the same time and location on the last Friday of each month.

The group is one of more than 350 of its kind in the UK offering vital information, encouragement and friendship to people who are affected by macular disease. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK, affecting more than 600,000 people. More people are affected as our population ages.

Julie Swan, Macular Society regional manager, said: “The Berwick-upon-Tweed Macular Support Group is here for anybody affected by macular degeneration. We want to encourage as many people to come along as possible. Friends and family are also very welcome.

“It’s good to be able to learn from each other’s experiences and get tips. The peer support can be so helpful. Our groups can really help people increase in confidence and become more independent.

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“The group often has guest speakers on a variety of subjects, including macular conditions and their impact on our daily lives. The meetings are also social occasions where we can chat over a cup of tea.”

For more details about the Berwick-upon-Tweed Macular Support Group, please contact Julie Swan on 07904 315 605 or email

For general information on macular degeneration, call the Macular Society’s helpline on 0300 3030 111 or email