Ruth Madoc – Sight Life’s Patron

13 January 2023
Sight Life will be attending the funeral of our much loved Patron, Ruth Madoc, on behalf of our members.
The funeral will be held on Monday 16th January in Neath.
Picture shows Ruth Madoc as Gladys in Hi de Hi!
Picture shows Ruth Madoc as Gladys in Hi de Hi!
Donations will be to Sight Life and if anyone would like to donate please contact us on 02920 398 900 or visit  
Once again our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family at this difficult time.
John Sanders (chair, Sight Life) commented:
“It’s very kind of Ruth’s family to nominate Sight Life to benefit from donations. We will put any money received to good use supporting people with sight loss across south Wales. Thank you very much. It was a great honour to have Ruth as a patron and we will miss her”.
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!