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MACS receive £20,000 donation from Foundation

Matchroom Foundation was delighted to support Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia and Coloboma Support (MACS) with a £20,000 donation to fund an adventure activity week for thirty children aged between 5-18.

The trips are designed to instil confidence in the children who will spend time on activities they do not normally get to experience including canoeing, caving, zip wires and climbing. All children, regardless of disability, will be able to try out all of the activities and achieve things they never thought possible.

“These activity breaks are one of the best things MACS has to offer, it is an opportunity for the children to be with others just like them and not feel isolated.”
Parent of an older MACS child

The MACS charity supports children born with small eyes, no eyes or with part of their eye structure missing, around 85 children are born with these conditions in the UK each year.

MACs conditions are incurable. For many MACs children the absence of eyes is linked to brain development and they can also suffer from learning difficulties and behavioural problems. We support over 800 families across the UK.

Robbie Crow, the Chair of MACS, wrote…

“I am delighted to formally acknowledge receipt of the generous donation of £20,000 from the Matchroom Sport Charitable Foundation. We are enormously grateful to you for this very generous sum, which will be of great value to our work supporting children born without eyes or with underdeveloped eyes, and their families.

As you know, MACS conditions are incurable, and diagnosis can leave families feeling overwhelmed and isolated at the best of times. In today’s world, it is even more important than ever that we are able to continue providing our support services, to ensure that our 2,500 members around the UK continue to feel part of our community and share the personal experiences of their peers.

On behalf of every child and family who will benefit from your support, thank you very much indeed for choosing to support MACS, and for making such a significant donation, and we look forward to updating you on our progress later in the year.”