Actress and presenter Jodie burst onto the scene after winning the BBC's ‘I’d Do Anything’ and going on to play the part of Nancy in the West End show Oliver!
It was while playing Nancy that Jodie met MACS member Toby…
"Through taking part in shows like Oliver! I get to meet the most extraordinary people and one of them was Toby. Through him, I found out about Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia and Coloboma - all conditions I never knew existed.
Learning more about MACS, I very proudly became a patron. For me it’s a total honour to be invited, not only into a charity, but into one big family. It’s great to see everyone working together to make a big difference to peoples’ lives."
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Chris Ashton is an English rugby union player who has represented England in both Rugby League and Rugby Union and is a key player for Saracens.
Chris has a close link with MACS as his cousin Ben has bilateral anophthalmia. Chris says he is ‘proud to be part of MACS and help support it in any way’.
All at MACS are delighted that Chris has come on board and look forward to working with Chris to help promote MACS now and in the future.
The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP
David Blunkett is the Labour MP for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough. He has previously held office as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Education and Employment. He has been blind since birth.
"Since first coming into contact with MACS at a fundraising event, I've been full of admiration for the charity, the youngsters and their parents and carers.
By giving the support which enables everyone to cope practically and emotionally, MACS is offering positive mutual self-help. MACS is also raising the profile and awareness of these conditions.
I hope everyone who can, will give what they can, to help MACS to offer the help, advice and interventions that are needed."
Mr Richard Collin MA, FRCS, DO, FRCOphth
Mr Richard Collin is a leading specialist in Oculoplastic surgery focusing on microphthalmos, ptosis, eyelid anatomy, orbital implants, conjunctival replacement and eyelid tumour management.
Richard has been a patron of MACS for many years.
He continues to be a source of invaluable information and guidance to the many MACS families who have visited his clinic.
When Barry’s son was born with bilateral Anophthalmia in 1989, support and information about the condition was sadly lacking. When MACS was formed in 1994 Barry became a member and in 2006 he was appointed as Chair; a role he held until November 2015. During his time with MACS, Barry has helped to forge links with various support groups around the world, including America, France and Italy, along with many organisations in the UK.
Barry was honoured when MACS asked him to became a Patron for MACS stating:
“It is important that I will still have a connection with MACS and that, along with our other patrons, I can help promote MACS with my knowledge, contacts and experience.”
An entertainer and stunt man for film and TV, Martin has been involved with the charity for many years and has seen both MACS, and the children and families it supports, grow and develop. Martin is both honoured to become a patron and enthusiastic about supporting the charity into the future.
He says: "To be part of MACS is truly humbling. Children should never feel vulnerable, left out or subject to negativity and that is why MACS is so special. I look forward to meeting more MACS members, becoming a friend and making some great memories. Thanks for giving me this opportunity."