"I lost my sight and then my marriage. Then I met Alan from Wiltshire Sight."
One year ago, Robert suffered a stroke and lost his sight as a result. Robert has dictated his story for us below.
My world changed forever
Losing my sight was devastating. I felt so overwhelmed and daunted by it all. Worse than that, it put a lot of strain on my marriage as we both struggled to come to terms with everything. Something had to give. Eventually it all got too much and I had to move out. I relocated to Wiltshire and began sleeping on a friend's sofa. I was learning to live with sight loss in a new town without any support. Yes, life was bleak. But then I was put in touch with Alan from Wiltshire Sight.
Wiltshire Sight was there for me
Alan was amazing. He's registered severely sight impaired so he immediately knew what I was going through. He listened to my frustrations and my fears. Then he gave me support when I needed it - practical and emotional. He helped me move from my friend's sofa in to a home of my own. Thanks to Alan's encouragement I started to get out more, to local events, and in particular the Wiltshire Sight monthly Melksham Community Tea. To be honest I don't know where I'd be without Alan.
My life has opened up
Today I'm a different person - I really am. I'm in touch with my ex-wife again. I know I've still got a long way to go, but I'm positive and pro-active. I spend a lot of time at the local library and I've also discovered I can read large print books in the right light! My newfound confidence has had a massive effect on me - especially during the Coronavirus and all the social isolation. I wouldn't have been able to cope without Wiltshire Sight.
Wiltshire Sight is at capacity. Can you help?
Alan and his colleagues help people all across the county - from Melksham to Marlborough, Swindon to Salisbury. For people who struggle to travel, they hold sessions in local community centres or even go to people's homes. They're everywhere!
They offer an incredible service. But demand is sky high, particularly with Coronavirus affecting so many vulnerable people. They don't get any money from the government, and rely solely on the goodwill from the public to keep going. They really need to make the most of every penny. The truth is simple; if they had a little more funding then they could help a lot more people.
A gift would mean so much
A donation would help more people realise that sight loss is not an end, but a new beginning. Whether that’s helping to pay for training on specialist technology to help people communicate with friends and family, or organising new social groups… I know how important support is during this time – I’ve been there.
Wiltshire Sight has shown me that, even if it feels like it is, it’s not the end of the world. Approach it positively, take on the challenge and it will open up a whole new world for you. Please support Wiltshire Sight with a gift today.
- £3 could buy audio books for our library so people with sight loss can continue to enjoy the books they love.
- £7 could pay for running social groups, helping people make friends with others who understand their situation.
- £10 could pay for a USB reader, which can read books and newspapers to people with sight loss.
- £20 could fund the cost of a Sight Loss Advisor visiting a client who feels unable to leave their home.
- £50 could pay for a technology training session, teaching people how to use their phones and tablets to help them carry out day-to-day activities.
Each of Wiltshire Sight's Community Sight Loss Advisors provides 1-1 support to around 400 clients every year. With growing demand and no government funding, they need your help to keep going.
Read more about the work of Wiltshire Sight here.