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Volunteer honoured

A WOMAN who is registered as blind has received an award after volunteering in her community for more than 20 years.

A WOMAN who is registered as blind has received an award after volunteering in her community for more than 20 years.

Mary Barr, aged 71, set up a support group for sufferers of Macular disease (MD) 21 years ago in Solihull.

The Macular Disease Society is now recognising her contribution to supporting people, by presenting her with the Chairman’s award.

MD is an eye condition that causes loss of central vision, making it difficult to read, watch television and see people.

Mrs Barr who has a form of MD, has set up two new support groups in Knowle and Shirley because of their popularity.

She said: “In the beginning it was a great help to me as I was completely devastated because my eyesight was going.

“Sometimes it helps to encourage a person out of their home environment. It’s more than a support group, it’s about self help.”

Along with the local volunteering work, Mrs Barr was also a trustee of the Society for six years until 2005.

Set up 25 years ago, the MD Society aims to support people with the condition by offering information, advice and fund raising to find a cure.

The Chairman’s award is one of three awards presented by the charity, showing the public’s appreciation for those who work within the eye care profession.

Mrs Barr will be presented with her award at the Society’s London conference on September 17.

For more information, contact the MD society’s helpline on 0845 241 2041 or email help@maculardisease.org.

 

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