Wakefield District Sight Aid was formed in 1869. We are proud to have been serving local people in our community for over 150 years. We are here to support anyone living with low vision, their families, carers and sight care professionals across the Wakefield District.

Our vision is a world where people living with sight loss have access to the same opportunities and quality of life as fully sighted people.

Our mission is to:

  • Help anyone affected by sight impairment in Wakefield to improve their confidence and independence
  • Reduce social isolation and promote positive mental health
  • Raise awareness about the importance of good eye health and care

The staff team

The charity is managed and run on a day-to-day basis by the staff team, all of whom are part-time.

Chief Executive Officer: Hayley Grocock

Sight Loss Advisor: Nicola Ford

Finance & Outreach Manager: Nicola Ellis

The Board of Trustees/Directors

The Board of Trustees/Directors have responsibility for the governance and oversight of the charity. Our Board consists of seven unpaid volunteers, three of whom have living experience of sight loss, and who give their time generously to further the charity's work. They are:

Steve Kirk (Co-Chair)

Bridget Lockyer 

Neil Newton

Andrew Patterson

Luke Scholey (Co-Chair)

Sarah Shooter

Ross Southall

Our President

We are hugely grateful to our President, Lord St. Oswald D.L., who takes a keen interest in the charity's work and supports us however he can.


We are very fortunate to be supported by a group of dedicated and talented volunteers, without whom we simply couldn't continue to do everything we do. We were delighted to be given The King's Award for Voluntary Service in November 2023 in recognition of the dedication and contribution of all our volunteers. We are so grateful for the contributions of everyone who gives their time and talents freely to help us make a difference in our community.