Gloomy Autumn Lit Up by Wearing Bright for Sight

Staff at Specsavers doing Wear Bright For Sight This autumn we joined forces with a multitude of businesses,  schools and organisations across the country for our pinnacle  campaign Wear Bright for Sight.

 The campaign which is a year-long event,
 encourages staff, community organisations and schools to don  their brightest clothes to raise money for Henshaws.  


Many businesses across Manchester and Yorkshire arranged events to coincide with World Sight Day on 13th October, and defied the weary autumn weather by dressing in their brightest clothes.

Specsavers in Sale lit up their branch with vibrant wigs and fluorescent tutus whilst Manchester insurance company CBG donned pink feather boas and balloons. Julia Hamer from Specsavers said: “The best thing about this event is not only are you raising money for a good cause, it is so easy and simple. We found the more creative you are with your outfits the more staff and customers alike can’t help but donate!”

Money has been flooding in and these donations have already made a huge difference so we can continue their work to provide advice, services and support for visually impaired people.  CBG representative Vania Burnell said: “It is great to be involved with something so simple and fun, and for such a good cause as well. It not only raises money but it’s great for team spirit, everyone felt more positive and cheerful. We will definitely be doing it again!”

In Yorkshire alone we have raised over £1019.75 with huge donations from Hunters Estate Agents, Hookstone Chase Primary School and the Christ Church Youth Group.

Faye Wilson, Fundraiser at Henshaws, said: “Wear Bright for Sight is a fun way for everyone to get involved in supporting the work we do at Henshaws, and the campaign is a vital element of our fundraising drive.  The great thing about Wear Bright for Sight is that it is really easy to get involved and, of course, you can hold events at any time of year – not just October. You can fundraise in almost any way imaginable too, such as chest waxes, baby photo competitions or a cake bake.”

If you, your colleagues, friends and family would like to wear bright for sight then contact the fundraising office at Henshaws 0161 872 1234 or visit our get involved page.


Henshaws exhibition – get involved!

Henshawas AsylumWe are currently developing our Henshaws Heritage Exhibition – An exhibition which will cover the History of Henshaws (which was started in 1837) and the history of visual impairment as well as commissioning new contemporary artworks and will feature the fascinating stories from people who have been part of Henshaws throughout the years.

As part of the research phase, we are having a consultation session at Henshaws in Manchester at Atherton House (5 mins from Old Trafford Metro station) next Wed 26th October from 10-2:30pm (lunch provided!) Please come along and share with us stories about Henshaws and visual impairment, your connections/experiences and what you would like to see in the exhibition. Even if you have never heard of us but like the sound of the exhibition, we’d love your input!

If you're interested then give Tori a call on 0161 786 3661 or email

Yew Tree Lane staff win four ‘Finalist’ Great British Care Awards

We want to congratulate the Yew Tree Lane team who won four “finalist” awards at the Great British Care Award event in Blackpool.  The categories entered were:

Best care worker, Ruth Bates, for her dedication to our residents at Yew Tree Lane since it opened, Best newcomer, Patrick Dixon – who changed careers to come to us and has developed some real innovative therapeutic ideas, and Best Team Overall, in particular for pulling together during the serious illness of a resident and working as a team to do their best for the people in their care.

Kerry also nominated the mother of one of our residents Jean Ashworth, as best unpaid carer and Jean also won a finalist award. Jean has worked tirelessly for many years to get the best for her daughter and has not been afraid to take on officialdom when she’s needed to.

Well done to Kerry and to the team.  The awards are well deserved and it’s fantastic that Yew Tree Lane have done so well at this national event.

                                      Yew tree lane staff and residents


Vote for Henshaws to win £6000

Natwest logoWe are participating in the voting stage of the CommunityForce project and if successful stand to be awarded £6000 to go towards our work with children and families living with sight loss.
The money will be used to support the day to day running of the Children and Families service at Henshaws Manchester, as well as to provide vital services to the local community, in particular, to run events to bring members of communities who wouldn't normally seek support together, to celebrate different cultures and beliefs and share their experiences of sight loss.
The Awards are based on a public vote, which is now open and we need as many people as possible to log on to the Community Force website and vote for us!


Harmony Celebrate their 15th Birthday with Parent & Toddler Group

Harmony Drumming workshop3Last week Kalpna Khuruna from Harmony Multicultural Association chose to celebrate their 15 year birthday with a free Harmony drumming workshop for our parent and toddler group.

 Kalpna has dedicated her life to community and voluntary work. She set-up Harmony in 1996 after being inspired by her daughter, Leena; who suffered a breakdown caused by girls bullying her at school. Harmony breaks down social and cultural barriers through the medium of music and dance.

Kalpna's workshop with our parent and toddler group included music with Jembe drums and a Sitar along with traditional dance. Children and Families Team Leader, Fiona Berry says “We are so pleased that Kalpna chose to mark her impressive 15 year milestone with our Parent and Toddler Group. The children really enjoyed playing all the different instruments she brought with her. On behalf of Henshaws we want to thank Kalpna and Harmony for supporting the work we do and wish them a Happy 15th Birthday!”

Harmony Drumming workshop2