Awards given to group volunteers

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PEOPLE who suffer from a serious eye condition have been given an award for helping others with the same disease.

Volunteers from Portsmouth Macular Support Group each received a Gold Award from the Macular Disease Society for work in the past five years.

Group founder Jo Taw, Stella Schofield and Ken Marseland, who all have macular degeneration, picked up their awards yesterday along with John Smith and Ted Sheppard, whose wives both suffer from the illness.

Jo said: ‘To get the award is lovely. I love doing it anyway but it’s nice to know the work I do is valued.’

Yesterday’s ceremony came on the same day as a national campaign to raise awareness of the disease, which is the main cause of visual impairment. More than 500,000 people in the UK have the condition, but only five per cent can name the symptoms, and 75 per cent can not name a single one. Symptoms include blurred or distorted vision, straight lines appearing wobbly, black spots in the vision and being unable to see colour. Anyone with these conditions should see an optician. Call the society’s helpline on 0845 241 2041.