Treherbert gig fundraising success

26 June 2023

In April, our fantastic member Maggie Rees (originally from the Rhondda) organised a fundraising event for Sight Life in The Railway Canteen in Treherbert. And what a night it was!

We could not have received a warmer welcome from the railway canteen, the band that entertained us so brilliantly and the people of Treherbert.

The evening began with a set of Shadows music and then we were treated to music from Elvis, The Rolling Stones and many more artists.

We had an excellent turn out from our Sight Life RCT members who all thoroughly enjoyed their trip despite the severe disruption to rail services up and down the valley at present. Some of them even got up to enjoy a spin around the dance floor!

A special thank you to David and Maureen Watkins who greeted us all at the door and sold the raffle tickets as well as securing the fantastic band who performed all night for us free of charge. Huge thanks to them.

Lastly, a big thank-you to The Railway Canteen who did not charge a fee for the room and particularly to the lovely Pat who served us all at the bar.

It was so lovely to hold a fundraiser in RCT and chat to so many local people about Sight Life services and support available in our locality.

A phenomenal £400 was raised for S

ight Life. Thanks to Maggie for organising such a wonderful evening.


A group of supporters sitting at three tables smiling
A group of supporters sitting at three tables smiling
The band playing drums and guitars on stage
The band playing drums and guitars on stage













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!