Sight Cymru – a 2017 winner of the GSK IMPACT Award

Over 400 organisations from all over the UK applied for the award and we are very proud to be one of the 10 winners, and the only charity to win in Wales this year.

The GSK IMPACT Awards is a national award that recognises excellence in charities improving health and wellbeing in their communities. As a winner we won £30,000 funding as well as being given the opportunity to take part in a training and development programme provided by the Kings Fund.  Following this we are able to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network which has more than 120 members.  It is a unique learning network that supports past winners and builds recognition of their contribution to their communities.

Judges’ comments –

Sight Cymru does fantastic work in supporting those affected by sight loss to stay healthy and independent. It is committed to the health and wellbeing of those with sight loss and works hard to raise awareness of the importance of eye health.  Its work with all of Wales’s diverse communities is particularly impressive.

CEO, Sharon Beckett said

“We are over the moon to hear that we’ve won a GSK IMPACT Award. It’s a great honour for Sight Cymru and is testament to the hard work of our staff ad volunteers.  We’re going to use this award and the development opportunities it brings to make sure we continue to provide support to those affected by sight loss.”

Katie Pinnock, the director of UK and Ireland Charitable Partnerships at GSK said,

“Sight Cymru does fantastic work in supporting those with sight loss to stay healthy and independent”

We received our prize at the Science Museum in London on May 18th.  During the awards ceremony we were able to watch a video that was put together for us by Toucan Productions.  The video was weeks in the making and kept from us until the night, which made it even more special.  The video shows the work Sight Cymru does and includes some of the people we support.

Full video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9OvSvVfqsg

30 second teaser

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4gUaWB26IY