Santa Dash at Heaton Park

Santa Dash If you have ever wanted to get involved in a 5km or 10km run  then now is your chance. Heaton Park, Manchester, are to host  a festive Santa Dash on Sunday 11th December. Over 1,000  people are expected to take part, raising over £100,000!

 We are looking for volunteers to take part in this fantastic event  with just a small registration fee of £20 and raising the  suggested sponsorship of £100.

No previous experience is required and with a bit of training the 5km or 10km distance should easily be within your capabilities. The spirit of the event is 'taking part' not 'winning' so you can run, jog, walk or hop -you decide!

With only 20 places available you should book early to avoid disappointment! Call our lovely Community Fundraiser Hannah Saxon for more details and how to register:- 01423 814501 or

Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford 29th April 2012

Marathon launch pictureWe recently announced that Henshaws is one of the charity partners for the brand new Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford, Manchester’s first marathon for more than a decade, alongside local charity The Christie.

We now have 50 places available for just £41 entry fee and a minimum sponsorship of £500. If you would like to run with Team Henshaws and be part of the return of the Manchester Marathon, please contact Hannah Saxon for details, or on 01423 814 501.

The race will take place in Trafford on 29th April  2012 and will start and finish in Longford Park in Stretford. The five thousand runners expected to take part will pass iconic landmarks such as the Old Trafford football and cricket grounds and Dunham Massey Park over the 26mile course.

Blind Ambition

Cameron Davies Formula 1000 Junior double champion Cameron Davies may be  the world’s youngest works rally driver in the world but his new  found fame is not going to his head. The Chevrolet UK driver is  far more mature than his sixteen years of age would convey and  has become an ambassador for Henshaws.

 Cameron wanted to work for the charity after seeing Oscar on  the news and in the press. Cameron was so moved with what he  heard and saw, he decided that he wanted to become an ambassador for the charity.

Glen Lockett, Head of Fundraising at Henshaws, commented, “We’re thrilled to have Cameron on board to help us boost the profile of Oscar’s Appeal – being the world’s youngest works rally driver he’s a remarkable young man himself, so I think he really connected with Oscar’s story and the campaign”.

Cameron said, “Chevrolet is a brand built on family values and when I saw little Oscar I wanted to get involved and help Henshaws promote Oscar’s Appeal.  I am very lucky to be driving for Chevrolet UK and I just wanted to give something back to the community. I am really honoured to be an ambassador for Henshaws Society for Blind People – Oscar is such a great kid and I am really looking forward to helping to raise awareness and funds for the Appeal”.

To donate to the campaign please go to

For more information on Cameron go to

The Beauty Bar embraces the 500 Challenge

Beauty Bar Last month the fundraising team hosted a launch event for their  latest fundraising campaign the Henshaws 500 Challenge, the  event was aimed at engaging local businesses and raising the  profile of Henshaws in the Old Trafford area. After a successful  turnout, The Beauty Bar based in Sale, Cheshire is the latest  company to sign up to the challenge!

 The Beauty Bar will kick-off with one of two exciting events  planned for their challenge in September with a Massage Roadshow. Between 10am and 1:30pm every Thursday and Friday, businesses in the Altrincham and Old Trafford area will benefit from a 5 minute stress relief tension massage to the sounds of relaxing music. The massages will be performed fully clothed in a massage chair offering workers a perfect break in their day for a minimum donation of £1. The second event, planned for November, will be an event that will give the staff at The Beauty Bar the chance to show off their other talents in an evening showcasing ‘Beauty Bar’s Got Talent.’

Established 9 years ago in Sale, The Beauty Bar aims to be a friendly and caring salon, where clients can feel at home. Manager of the salon, Deborah Bond, says “we wanted to be different from the usual salons, providing a quality service at affordable prices with top salon brands. The core of our business is to care and in our sensitive industry to listen.”

The Beauty Bar has chosen to support Henshaws after reading about Oscar Hughes, our ambassador for the ‘Helping Henshaws’ campaign run by the Advertiser Newspaper Group. Deborah says, “I remember Henshaws from my school days particularly as I have lived in the area most of my life. As a business we wanted to really show the local community how we care and Henshaws’ 500 Challenge was the perfect opportunity to do this. The team really appreciate life is challenging in many ways and we felt that supporting people, like Oscar, with visual impairments would educate our team and clients about the needs and difficulties that some people have. We are fully embracing this challenge to not only support Henshaws but to bring our team together and show we are more than your average salon!”

London Marathon April 2012

Picture of Marathon Runner The London Marathon Ballot has now been drawn, if you weren't successful in getting a place – you can still run for Henshaws!

The London Marathon  enters into its 31st year on 22nd April 2012, so be part of the team  and run for us!

By choosing Henshaws you'll be helping to support blind and visually impaired people across the UK to develop the skills and independence they need to lead lives that are as full as possible.

There are limited places for this event so to secure your place all  application forms need to be in by the 21st October, entry fee is  £100 plus VAT and we are asking all participants to endeavour to  raise £2000. In the first instance please contact our Community Fundraiser Hannah Saxon on 01423 814501 or email 

You can also download the application form by clicking here and send to or post to Hannah Saxon, Henshaws, Bogs Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 4ED  

Good Luck! Go Team Henshaws!