"Tom McInulty joined the Macular Disease Society in May 2008 as group Support & Development Manager. Tom Manages 98 of the network of 250 MDS Self-help groups in the UK. Prior to that he worked with a local association for the Visually Impaired (Open Sight in Hampshire), since 1992, as an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) in the Southampton General Hospital, an Advocacy & Information Officer, Awareness Training Officer, Leisure Activities Officer and Branch Network Administrator. Tom has been a guide dog owner since 1990 and is on his third dog, Brunel, who recently won the ""Outstanding Work 2012) Guide Dog award. Before Tom lost his sight in 1983, due to an accident, he worked in the Merchant Navy, from the age of 16 in 1969. Tom has been a volunteer trustee for Southampton Sight (Southampton Society for the Blind) for 12 years. He was also a District Team Representative for the Southampton Team, of Guide Dogs for 8 years. Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge, running the London Marathon twice, cycling around the New Forest and walking the West Highland Way in Scotland, are just a few of the fundraising projects Tom has taken part in over the years to raise money for different charities.