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International day of charity

International day of charity: Five charities helping to save sight

Thursday 05 September 2019

In order to celebrate International day of charity we take a look at some of the amazing charities that are helping to change the World for people with sight conditions.

All information is taken direct from respective websites for chosen charities. If you would like to support any of these great charities, then click on the website links below.

Macular Society
Macular disease is the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK, with 300 people diagnosed every day. It steals your sight, your confidence, and your ability to do the things you love. There is only one way to Beat Macular Disease for good. We must fund much more research now, until we find a cure, or find treatments that stop it in its tracks.

Our Vision: To end macular disease

Our Mission: Beating the fear and isolation of macular disease with world-class research, and the best advice and support

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people.

We recognise everyone’s unique experience of sight loss and offer help and support for blind and partially sighted people – this can be anything from practical and emotional support, campaigning for change, reading services and the products we offer in our online shop.

Everyday 250 people begin to lose their sight. RNIB has a crucial role to play in creating a world where there are no barriers to people with sight loss. We want society, communities and individuals to see differently about sight loss.

Fight for sight UK
Macular degeneration. Glaucoma. Cataracts. Diabetic retinopathy. Childhood blindness. Rare eye diseases.

No eye problem is too big or too small for us to take on. We are the UK’s largest charity funding pioneering eye research since 1965. We’re here to create a future everyone can see.

We’re incredibly proud of our scientists and what they do every day. Our researchers are based at leading universities and hospitals across the UK.

We provide specialist support, accommodation and eye care help for people with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss. We don't underestimate people. We encourage people with disabilities to challenge what they expect from life, from themselves and from wider society.

The people we support overcome huge barriers to achieve exciting new things every day: some big, some small, all extraordinary. They challenge us all to rethink disability. We provide extraordinary support and champion better eye care for people with learning disabilities and autism, many of whom have sight loss.

Registered as The Royal School for the Blind, SeeAbility is one of the oldest disability charities in the UK and has pioneered specialist support for over 200 years. Help us rethink disability.

Blind Veterans UK
Blind Veterans UK helps ex-Service men and women of every generation rebuild their lives after sight loss. Since 1915 we’ve provided rehabilitation, training, practical advice and emotional support to tens of thousands of blind veterans. It’s a sad fact that many of the blind veterans we support suffer from social isolation.

It happens as we get older and our families leave us, and partners pass away. For people with sight loss, that isolation is all the more painful to bear.

It’s not just about losing other people though, it’s also about being isolated inside yourself when you are unable to carry out tasks such as going to the shops or even pick up a phone to speak to a friendly voice. For those who can’t see, it often leads to losing your self-belief, and – even worse – your sense of belonging.

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