South Wales based sight loss charity Sight Life is looking to grow the number of volunteer fundraisers willing to take part in running based events to raise funds to support their vital work.
We have recently had support from runners taking part in events ranging from Tough Mudder, 10k races, Half Marathons, and the London Marathon.
These runners have been a mixture of sighted and partially sighted volunteers who have trained and run at events to generate vital funds for Sight Life.
If you are looking to run in events like the Cardiff or Swansea Half Marathon or the Cardiff 10k or Swansea Bay 10k in 2024 then please get in touch with us. We be happy to chat through the process and assist with setting up a fundraising target and page.
Sight Life offers practical support and advice to anyone with limited sight in South Wales. Blind and partially sighted people say we give hope where there was only despair.
Our staff enable members to improve their physical and emotional wellbeing, enjoy independent lives, get (or stay) online and remain part of the community.
Reducing isolation is a key part of our work, especially for those facing the trauma of sight loss in later life.
Research shows that we fear losing our sight more than any other disability. Yet, one in five of us will experience sight loss at some point in our lives and the incidence of sight loss is set to rise by 30% in South Wales by 2030. Sight Life works to take away the fear.
Through our partnerships with the NHS, Local Authorities and the commercial and third sectors, we reduce reliance on primary care services and the pressures on their limited budgets.
As an independent charity – and one of the oldest in Wales – we continually seek innovative ways and mutually beneficial partnerships to nurture the wellbeing of our growing number of service users.
Sight Life does not charge its service users. We rely on fundraising and donations for most of our income.
VI Runner Completes the Cardiff Half Marathon in a personal best time.
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.
Our Registered Charity Number is 214131 (England & Wales)
Our Company number is 00149982.
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 £400,000 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.