Macular Degeneration is the most common cause of poor vision and sight loss among the elderly although statistics show that less than 10% of the total population is aware of this condition. UK statistics also indicate that on the IOM there could be some 600 sufferers. The Manx Group has a strong membership including family members and friends of those affected. Promoting awareness of Macular Degeneration and provision of treatment on-island are paramount for the Manx Group.
Guide Dogs provide mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. They also campaign for the rights of people with visual impairment, educate the public about eye care and fund eye disease research.
Sailing for the Disabled, which was founded in 1984, offers adults and children with conditions that affects their day to day life, whether it is physical mental or emotional the opportunity of sailing on our own boat Pride of Mann III. Many of the people assisted have no previous experience of sailing - some have never been in a yacht before. It is a sport that may be tried at any age and with virtually any disability, including people in wheelchairs and those with visual and hearing impairment. Success we measure in enjoyment!