Support Us

If you wish to support us, you can do though a variety of means:

  • Making a donation
  • Fundraising
  • Becoming a ‘Friend of Sight Cymru’ though our membership scheme
  • Leaving a legacy gift in your will
  • Online shopping
  • Volunteering

Making a donation

If you would like to make a single or a regular donation to Sight Cymru, visit our donations page or by clicking this link

Please ensure you add Gift Aid- If you are a UK resident and taxpayer this means that for every £1 you donate, Sight Cymru receives £1.25, at no extra cost to you. 

Fundraising

In order for us to provide our services it means that we need to to raise thousands of pounds every year. Therefore, we rely heavily on fund-raising events and donations. 

If you have a fundraising idea and would like to help to raise funds for the charity and organise an event with friends, neighbours or work colleagues, then please contact us for any support you may need.

Collection Boxes

We can provide collection box(es) for fundraising events or for any local businesses that would be happy to have one on their counter for their customers to contribute their spare change to the charity. 

Become a ‘Friend of Sight Cymru’

For just £15 a year (that is just £1.25 per month) you can become a member of the charity.

In addition to your valued membership enabling us to carryout the vital support that we provide to local people suffering with sight loss, your membership will include:

  • Free large print calendar
  • Free independent will writing service (which could save you up to £200)
  • An exclusive invite to our ‘members only’ events
  • A chance to have your say and provide feedback on current and future plans for the charity
  • Support education programs on protecting sight
  • Free training on guiding someone with sight loss, which could be a family member or colleague
  • 10% discount on gifts items sold by Sight Cymru

Leaving a legacy in your will

If you decide that you would like to leave a legacy to Sight Cymru in your will, there are a number of ways of doing so.  The two main types of legacies are pecuniary and residuary.  Basically, a  pecuniary legacy is a fixed amount of money and a residuary legacy is a share of the value of your estate.

A residual legacy is the easiest  way to make your gift, especially if the ultimate value of your estate is difficult to determine or if you are uncertain about future costs of any potential nursing or residential care. A residual legacy also keeps its value and avoids the effects of inflation, you can avoid any undue proportion of the estate coming to us at the expense of your family and friends.

If you have already made your will, it’s not too late!

If you have already made a will and want to make a small alteration like adding a gift to charity, you don’t have to remake your whole will, you can instead add what is called a ‘Codicil’.

What you write in a codicil can simply add to a will, but it can also be useful if your circumstances change and you need to amend your previous bequests.  For instance, if there is a birth or death in the family, you may wish to rearrange how your possessions will be distributed among your family members.

A codicil is a separate document, which must be signed, dated and witnessed in the same way as the  will itself and you can have as many as you wish.  If you already have a will, a codicil makes adding a gift to charity quite easy.

You could also create ‘letter of wishes’, which  is an informal letter addressed to your executors that provides a way of giving additional guidance to them and can allow your will to be more flexible.  For instance, if you have left a residuary bequest in your will to Sight Cymru, you could indicate it in a Letter of Wishes. You can write a new Letter of Wishes whenever you like,  indicating which causes or projects you would prefer your bequest to support.  This means that we can choose the closest possible match when your executors pass on your gift to us.

It’s always best to make sure that all new wills, codicils or letter of wishes are clearly dated and to make it clear that all earlier ones are revoked, to avoid any confusion.

Things to note:

  • Sight Cyrmu is our official name as recognised by the Charities Commission and our Registered Charity number is: 1171471.
  • If you have already written your will and you have kindly identified ‘Gwent Association for the Blind’ as a potential beneficiary, the money will still reach us, as that name continues to be protected on our behalf.
  • If you have identified ‘the blind’ or ‘blind association’ or similar already in your will, we would be happy to help you change it as it is possible the money would not go to where you had intended.
  • We would just like to remind our friends and supporters that we are NOT part of RNIB or Guide Dogs and that ALL of our money is spent in Wales and not in the rest of the UK as tends to be the case with the larger national charities.

Shopping Online

Amazon Smile

Instead of using the normal Amazon website, just use Amazon Smile and select Sight Cymru as the charity you wish to support.  This means that when you make your purchase Amazon will make a donation to the charity at absolutely no cost to you.

Easy Fundraising

Easy fundraising is FREE service where you can shop with your favourite online stores and at raise funds for any charity at no extra cost to you. 

How to do it

  • To start please register with easyfundraising.org.uk so they know that you wish to support Sight Cymru. Registration is completely free.
  • Next, login using your username / password. This is how the system recognises who you are and which cause benefits when you make purchases.
  • Finally, click any of the retailer links provided and then shop just as you would normally.

That’s all you need to do – apart from remembering to return to the Easy Fundraising site the next time you are going to shop online. 

Over 2000+ online stores currently take part and each purchase you make will generate a cashback donation to the cause you wish to support.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a chance to meet new people, develop new skills and gain experience, whilst helping other and being respected and valued for your involvement. People who volunteer are a vital resource of our charity and we are unable to operate without them. We have volunteers from all age groups and who help us with all sorts of tasks from administrative duties, transporting our clients to appointments at hospitals to visiting people who find it difficult to get out and about.

What special qualities do I need to be a volunteer?

None – just a little spare time, an open, friendly nature, adaptability, patience and a sense of humour.

How much time do I have to give?

As much or as little as you can – it is your decision – two hours a month or two days a week – all is equally valued.

What will I get out of it?

Satisfaction of helping others, making new friends, learning new skills and a valuable use of spare time.

How could I help?

  • Befriending
  • Driving
  • Administrative Duties
  • Leisure activities
  • Fund raising
  • Clubs

Do volunteers receive any training?

Yes, all our volunteers receive a full day awareness training course and continued support thereafter.

For more details, please follow this link or contact us:

Tel : 01495 763650 or Email us postman@sightcymru.org.uk