Award boost ‘BAFTA’ for sight charity

A 150-YEAR-OLD Pontypool-based charity has won a huge funding award thanks to what judges described as its ‘Impact on the health and wellbeing of the local community.’

Sight Cymru, based at Park Buildings will receive a cheque for at least £30,000 from the GSK Impact Awards, funded by GlaxoSmithKline and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund.

The award is set to allow the implementation of a long-planned restructuring of the charity’s emphasis when it comes to assisting those who already suffer a degree of sight loss and also those at risk of developing eye problems.

Sharon Beckett, CEO of Sight Cymru explained, ‘We are directing our future emphasis toward prevention through a programme of education but we are also constructing exhibits at our premises, mock-ups of domestic surroundings, that will demonstrate how simple things such as colour contrasting in the home can aid those with limited sight. This award will be a huge boost to our future plans.’

The charity is planning a ‘Grand opening’ of the exhibits for early April with the possible attendance of local celebrities and civic leaders. As one of only ten charities in the UK who have been selected to receive the award, representatives of Sight Cymru will be invited to a glittering King’s Fund award ceremony in London which has been described as the ‘BAFTAs for charities.’

The charity depends on its volunteers to reach all those throughout the area who need their help and those who wish to lend a hand are always welcome. Sight Cymru can be contacted on 01495 763650 or at

Article written by Bob Rogers

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