Pop legend Vince Hill, 86, becomes Patron for U.K’s leading Macular Disease charity
The “Edelweiss” hitmaker and BBC star Vince Hill has become a patron for The Macular Society. The Society is a U.K. charity for anyone affected by macular disease. It coordinates activities across the U.K. with its core ambition being to beat macular disease through funding research, providing a range of support services, and raising awareness of eye health.
Vince, who is losing his sight to Macular Disease, said:
“I am thrilled to become a Patron of The Macular Society!
I have Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) in my eyes. It’s been coming on for years, and my consultant registered me in 2019 as Partially Sighted. And following that, I started to explore what support was out there for me as I knew my condition was incurable and only going to get worse!
The Macular Society charity was wonderfully supportive, offering me counselling by phone, which helped me come to terms with my diagnosis. I am absolutely in sympathy that this life-changing disease does not get as much publicity as some medical conditions do, which is why I wanted to use my celebrity to help raise awareness and support.
I encourage anyone who wants further information on this condition to contact The Macular Society on 0300 3030 111 or visit macularsociety.org.”
Macular disease is the biggest cause of sight loss in the U.K. Nearly 1.5 million people are currently affected and many more are at risk. The disease can have a devastating effect on people’s lives, leaving them unable to drive, read or see faces. Many people affected describe losing their sight as being similar to bereavement. There is still no cure and most types of the disease are not treatable. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common form of macular disease, affecting more than 600,000 people, usually over the age of 50.
Cathy Yelf, chief executive of the Macular Society, said:
“We’re delighted to welcome Vince as a patron and so grateful for the support he has pledged to the Society.
Being diagnosed with macular disease can be devastating and has a huge impact on the lives of people affected.
Many people are left feeling isolated and that they will no longer be able to do the things they love. For Vince, this has included performing which has been a big part of his life. We know the condition has had a huge impact on him, and we are humbled he wants to use his experience to raise awareness of this life-changing condition and help beat Macular Disease.”