HERNE Bay and Whitstable Macular Support Group. Our annual meeting was held in January, with the committee voted back on, but we sadly had to report the death of Dorothy Spittals. She will be sadly missed. Everyone sent their best wishes to Peter Spittals, we hope he has a speedy recovery from his operation and is back with us soon.

The business was completed and we started our New Year celebrations. We had a delightful afternoon with organist Pat Gavin. This was followed by a great tea provided by all the members and an excellent raffle. Our programme for 2015 is varied, covering KAB with the latest sight aids and a guide communicator telling us of the individual help now available. Dr Sophia Adams is giving us a hands-on talk on archaeology, especially for people with sight problems. Another subject is how to help us understand and help someone with dementia. A member of Optec will also be visiting with the latest low-vision equipment, while there will be an open afternoon with our members giving a quiz or talk on My Jewish Mother-in-Law.

Our next meeting is on Monday, March 16, from 1.30 to 4pm at the Christ Church Hall, Underdown Road, Herne Bay CT6 5AB. If you have a sight problem or help someone who has, please come and visit us. The first meeting is free and we have lots of vision-impaired information and, I can promise you, lots of fun. Last year we had a river trip, went to a pantomime and ate a magnificent Christmas lunch. Here are the thoughts of one member, Ley Liberson:

“Our group is growing and sadly so are the number of people who are diagnosed with macular. This usually affects people over 65 and mainly women. There is no cure for dry macular, but research is getting very close. Once diagnosed, one can feel very alone. I know I did and joining this group gave me lots of advice and answered my questions. I also made friends with a common problem. Coming to this group was the best thing that could have happened. Thank you.”

Herne Bay Times, February 11th 2015

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