Macular Society receives funding for counselling service
Author: Andrew McClean
The Macular Society has received £60,000 from insurance company Simplyhealth, which will fund its counselling service for the next two years.
Its service provides people living with macular disease access to emotional support in order to help them come to terms with their diagnosis.
The charity highlighted that its telephone service helps more than 300 people each year and is run by accredited counsellors.
Emma Malcolm, director of fundraising and marketing at the Macular Society, said: ‘We are extremely grateful to Simplyhealth for its ongoing support. Macular disease is a devastating condition that has a profound impact on the lives of those affected.
‘After a diagnosis many people struggle to cope with their emotions and often feel shocked, upset or isolated. This is why emotional support services like our counselling service are vital. It is thanks to the dedicated support of organisations such as Simplyhealth we can continue to offer counselling to everyone who needs it.’
Simplyhealth, which has supported the Macular Society since 2004, added that it hoped its ongoing partnership will enable the charity to continue supporting people.
The Macular Society shared 33-year-old Lisa’s story, who was diagnosed with diabetic macular oedema two years ago after she started losing her sight while pregnant with her first child.
Speaking about her experience, Lisa (pictured) said: ‘Losing my sight has been the biggest thing because I can go from being alright and I think I’m coping and dealing with everything - having a child and dealing with my diabetes. Then I feel like I’m constantly visiting hospital for something and now I have this eye condition I can get so low. It impacts my work, it impacts everything I do, the way that I feel, how I am around other people. It’s massive and to be honest with you I hate it.’
Lisa contacted the Macular Society’s counselling service last year after struggling to come to terms with the changes to her vision.
‘The lady I spoke to was so helpful. When I was talking to her, she knew exactly what I was on about and how I might feel and she really helped. I would recommend the service to anyone else in my position. Especially if you don’t know anybody else who’s got it, or nobody else fully understands, so you can’t really talk to anybody else’, she added.