Whilst 2021 has ended under the shadow of Omicron and COVID-19, many local groups and communities have continued to help and support charities and those in need.
Retina UK, the only UK charity dedicated solely to working for people affected by inherited sight loss, received a Christmas gift of £8,736 from Surrey Freemasons at Castle Lodge in Farnham.
This was raised by the Head of Castle Lodge, John Mitchell, and other members at their annual Ladies Night, which is a traditional annual dance and fund-raising event.
“I have a family connection to the amazing work that Retina UK does, so when I became Master (i.e. Head) of Castle Lodge, I knew that it would be the charity that I’d support. I’m therefore so thankful for the generosity of our members and their guests on the night, as this money will help towards the charity’s vision of a world where everyone with inherited sight loss can live a fulfilling life.”
By stimulating and funding medical research, Retina increases the understanding of these conditions and is helping to accelerate the search for treatments for the future.
Many inherited sight loss conditions occur when cells in the retina, which is the light-sensitive region at the back of the eye, deteriorate in an unpredictable way. These conditions are often referred to as inherited retinal dystrophies. Inherited retinal dystrophies are the most common cause of blindness in working-age people in the UK.
Deborah Laing, Head of Fundraising at Retina UK, wrote:
“We are so grateful to everyone at Castle Lodge (Farnham), and everyone who attended their Ladies Night, for their tremendous support.
“£8,736.60 is a wonderful amount of money, which will help Retina UK continue supporting people living with inherited sight loss, and funding pioneering medical research to make their challenges a thing of the past.”