Charity grants have helped MACS to deliver confidence-building holidays for a very special group of children.
MACS (Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia and Coloboma Support) is UK’s national charity for children born without eyes or with underdeveloped eyes. These young people also face additional health needs on top of their MACS conditions including asthma, ASD, learning difficulties and nystagmus (constant uncontrolled movement of the eyes).
32 MACS children typically take part in the Caldecotte adventure trip each summer. Younger children arrive with a parent; those above 13 are encouraged to be independent.
All the children can choose from a wide range of activities including canoeing, climbing, zorbing, fencing, crate stacking and archery. MACS sets each activity by ability. This means that those who had some experience can be given an appropriate level of challenge while those with limited or no experience can develop at a pace that suits them and usually achieve more than they might have expected.