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Christmas celebration for new society

A new Boston group, set up to help those with sight impairment, is to celebrate its success with its first Christmas lunch for members, family and friends.

It has also announced plans to step up its activities with plans to raise funds for the national Macular Disease Society.

Boston Macular Support Group was only formed in April but already draws a regular monthly attendance to its meetings of around 30 people from all over the area.

They will enjoy lunch together at Oldrids restaurant in Boston on Monday, December 3, and, despite only being formed in April, will hold their annual general meeting in January.

Founding member and chairman, Leonard Sharpe, said: "It has been a very successful first few months for us. The monthly meetings form an important get together for us, when we can receive advice, exchange information and views and hear about latest development in care and treatment. We have also listened to a range of fascinating invited guest speakers."

Age-Related Macular Disease (AMD) causes gradual loss of sight affecting central focus to the extent that reading becomes difficult and facial features cannot be recognised. Macular Disease affects more than 550,000 people in the UK and continues to rise. No one knows if they are going to develop the condition which more commonly affects those over 50.

The Macular Disease Society, which has celebrated  its 25th anniversary, and how has 250 support  groups  nationwide, will  drop the word Disease from its title and be known as The Macular Society from January.

The Boston group meets at the Zion Methodist Church on Brothertoft Road, usually on the third Monday of the month.

Speakers at the meeting on November 19 will be Ruth O'Melia, from St Barnabas Hospice, and Jon Rich, Volunteer Development Officer (North) for the Macular Disease Society.

If you need any further information please contact Mr Leonard Sharpe on 01205 750540.