£9,000 raised for Sight Life this Christmas!

14 December 2022

£9,000 raised for Sight Life in the Big Give’s Christmas Challenge!

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has generously donated to this year’s Christmas Challenge. With your help, we have raised £9,000!

Supported by The Reed Foundation, the Big Give doubled your donations and made sure your support created twice the impact.

We will use your donations to support our activity provisions, ensuring our members reduce their social exclusion by building peer support groups and regular recreational activities, such as VI tennis, singing, knitting, and drama. We want to increase their confidence and make sure our members lead happy, fulfilled lives.

Picture of a member taking part in the VI (visually impared) tennis group, holding a racket and ball about to serve.
A member playing VI tennis.

We will also build our volunteer development to help our groups and support services to make sure our members always have access to a support system.

Richard Harvey, CEO of Sight Life, said: 

“We want to thank everyone who has already generously donated to us before, and we hope will continue to give generously this year. One in five of us will have some degree of sight loss in our lives, so we also welcome new supporters to help us reach our funding target and enable us to carry on providing vital support to the sight loss community across South Wales.

Thank you again for your support – we hope to do it all again next year!

About Sight Life 

Sight Life (formerly Cardiff Institute for the Blind) supports people who are blind or partially sighted in south Wales. In 2020/21 we helped more than 3,000 people in Cardiff, Swansea, RCT (Rhondda Cynon Taf), Neath and Port Talbot. 

We provide statutory services to people with sight loss on behalf of the local Councils in Cardiff and Swansea. 

In cooperation with the NHS, we provide a support service (ECLO: Eye Clinic Liaison Officer) for patients newly diagnosed with sight loss in University Hospital of Wales (UHW “The Heath”) in Cardiff. 

Our aims are to ensure that people with sight loss can take part in all aspects of society, including work and leisure. 

We offer a range of training, clubs and activities including audio-described theatre trips, confidence building, cooking, drama, employment support, fitness, gardening, IT, music, photography, rambling and yoga to people with sight loss. 

Established in 1865, we are one of Wales’ oldest charities. In spring 2022 we returned to being an independent charity after being part of the UK wide RNIB Group since 2009. 

We have approximately a dozen staff and annual income in the region of £440,000 from statutory contracts, grants, trusts, The National Lottery, donations and legacies. 

Sight Life changed its name from Cardiff Institute for the Blind in 2019 to reflect the fact that we work beyond Cardiff, including Swansea and RCT (Rhondda Cynon Taf). The name change also recognises the fact that we support people with any degree of sight loss, not only those who are blind. 

Please support our work and make a donation to Sight Life by clicking donate here. 

To fundraise for us please click fundraising. 

To volunteer with us please click volunteering. 

Thank you! 

About the Big Give 

The Big Give is a registered charity whose mission is to promote causes and inspire people to give through theBigGive.org.uk, a crowdfunding platform for charities specialising in match funding. 

The Big Give is generously supported by reed.co.uk, which helps to provide a cost-effective service for both charities aiming to raise funds, philanthropists wishing to leverage their giving and individuals wishing to donate money online. 

More info about the Christmas Challenge: https://www.thebiggive.org.uk/s/christmas-challenge