TRIBUTES have been paid to a Bridgwater man named Ron Cleeter, also known as ‘Rebel’, who has died aged 74 after a short illness.

Ron had a troubled life, at times living on the streets of London for 15 years, and in later years he was partially sighted, deaf and had many other health problems. 

He was referred to the charity Somerset Sight for help with his sight loss and matched up with a Bridgwater volunteer visitor Julian Higgs who transformed Ron’s life through his regular visits.

Julian took Ron out, provided company for him and helped him with his reading. The last social event Ron attended was the charity’s Christmas party which Julian took him to and he thoroughly enjoyed.

Ron said: “Julian has helped me in so many ways my visits from him have been a real blessing and have helped me greatly. My life literally has become worth living again, thank you so much Somerset Sight.”

Mr Higgs added: “To see the difference in Ron laughing and joking with me and the change in him, has made it all worthwhile, and humbling. Just being with him has made a difference to a very lonely life. 

“If by just changing just one person’s life, you can make such a huge difference; just think what more volunteers could do for others in the same situation.”

If you would like to get involved with Somerset Sight’s work, ring 01823 333818 to find out more about the volunteering opportunities available.