Tredegar’s new Mayor, Cllr Ryan Watkins, 34, is the first visually impaired Mayor the town has ever had, and has chosen Wales’ largest sight loss organisation as his charity of the year.
Tredegar is known for its most famous son, Aneurin Bevan, who spearheaded the establishment the National Health Service. “Nye” Bevan was a lifelong champion of social justice, as is Cllr Watkins.
Cllr Ryan Watkins said: “I chose RNIB Cymru for my Mayor’s Appeal as they do so much good work, and underpin so much in the community, and I want to raise awareness of that as well as raise as much money as I can for them during my year in office.
“I think it’s important to show people that having sight loss doesn’t mean it has to be a disability and that we can be active members of society”
Ceri Jackson, the charity’s Director, said: “Congratulations to Cllr Watkins on being Tredegar’s first visually impaired Mayor. I’m sure that having a young person with sight loss in such an important role will be a fantastic role model for other blind and partially sighted people.
“I am delighted that RNIB Cymru has been chosen for the Mayor’s Appeal, and look forward to the many different ideas that Cllr Watkins and Jessica Lee, our Fundraising Manager, are coming up with!
“Our work ranges from ensuring support is available for patients newly diagnosed with an eye condition, to campaigning for the rights of the 100,000 people in Wales living with sight loss. We are hugely grateful for the support of people like Cllr Watkins in raising awareness of the work we do.”
For more information please contact Communications Officer Andy Williams on 029 2082 8563 or 07837 463972 or by emailing Andrew.Williams@rnib.org.uk