The Royal Blind Society: Making Lives Happier

The Royal Blind Society for the United Kingdom has for nearly 150 years given assistance to individuals who are blind or partially sighted. At the end of 2012, The Royal Blind Society merged with The Eyeless Trust.

The charity had two strands of work with the visually impaired:

  • Provision of holiday accommodation at the Society’s two specially adapted hotels, typically for older individuals, to break social isolation
  • Outreach to families to help younger people with visual impairment come to terms with life in their homes

Overarching this work was building the community of the visually impaired and making lives happier.

Stuart Ritchie joined the board of trustees of the Royal Blind Society at the end of 2012 and augmented the skill set of the trustees and management team with his financial and business experience. For Stuart, learning about visual impairment and its impact on an individual’s life brought a new dynamic to his own perspective on life.

Stuart retired as a trustee at the beginning of 2014 when the charity merged with the Royal London Society for Blind People.

To find out more about the Royal Blind Society and the invaluable work they do, please visit