Greater Manchester Marathon

If you’ve ever thought about running a marathon, but didn’t fancy competing for a place for the London Marathon, why not run the Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford on 29th April 2012.

A marathon is a great goal to work towards, and of course a great way to raise money for Henshaws.

This is Manchester’s first marathon for over a decade and as Henshaws was chosen as one of the charity partners for the event, we’d love you to run for us!

The race will take place right on our doorstep in Trafford and will start and finish in Longford Park in Stretford (5 minutes away from our Manchester resource centre) You will be joining the 5000 runners expected to take part and will pass iconic landmarks such as Old Trafford football and cricket grounds and Dunham Massey Park over the 26 mile course.

There’s still plenty of time to start your training for the marathon – Coach Julie Fairclough has put together some fantastic training plans for everyone from beginners to experienced runners. Even if you have just a little experience in running, Julie is confident her training plans will help you to complete the marathon in a good time.

We have a limited number of places available, but they’re going fast. If you want to take part in this landmark event and run for Henshaws, please book your place by contacting 01423 814501

Be part of this historic event and run for Henshaws!

Double your donation this Christmas

This year, Henshaws are taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

Image of Girl - FaithThe thought of losing your sight is terrifying, but learning that your child suffers from sight loss is indescribable. Our specialist Children and Families team help families to overcome the barriers that sight loss can cause. 

If you want to help, now is the time to do it, as this year for our Christmas appeal, we are teaming up with the Big Give to take part in their annual challenge. If you donate to us between 5th and 9th of December online The Big Give will


If you can help us reach our target of £4,000 by donating during challenge week, the total will be doubled to £8,000 

This will allow us to provide 695 hours of specialist support and care to visually impaired children and parents, and without this support; many families would not know where to turn. 

If you donate £40 we will get £80Parent and child

This will pay for a family with a VI child to join one of our day activities – which give families with visually impaired children the much needed support to enable them to do activities they wouldn’t ever think were possible 

If you donate £125 we will get £250

Which would pay for a volunteer to be recruited and trained to support our children and families team in the valuable work they do. 

The more you give the higher the final amount will be, so please consider making a donation to help families in need of support. Please visit our project page on the Big Give Website between the 5th and 10th of December to make your donation. 

Your money will help families like Kait’s recive the support they need

Kait and Oscar

“I can’t thank Henshaws enough for what they’ve done for Oscar and our family. Oscar is a wonderful little boy, so full of life, interest and adventure. I know things aren’t always going to be easy for him but we’ve learnt how we can support him and I’m confident that he has a wonderful future ahead.”

Kait Hughes, whose son Oscar is blind.


Save the date!

Remember, your donation will only be doubled if you donate here between 5th and 9th of December – so add the date to your diary and the web address to your bookmarks or please email – if you would like to recieve a reminder email on challenge week.

Thank you for your support.

Henshaws goes mobile with free IT sessions for visually impaired people

Mobile IT Henshaws are offering 12 week IT courses for blind and visually  impaired people. The courses, supported by the Big Lottery Fund, are a great way to gain all the  computer skills needed to get to grips with IT and participants  will learn the basics of IT, how to use specialist magnification  and speech-based ‘access technology’ as well as internet and  email tuition to enable people to send emails and browse the  internet.


The sessions last for 2.5 hours.  And as well as taking place at the Manchester and Merseyside Henshaws resource centre, take place in the following community venues;


  • Bootle Library, Stanley Road, Bootle, on Monday morning
  • Birkdale Library, Liverpool Road, Birkdale on Wednesday morning and afternoon
  • Knowsley (Bradbury Centre until New Year) Yuens Way on Thursday afternoon
  • Ashville Lodge, Ashville Road, Birkenhead  on Thursday morning
  • St Helens Millennium Centre, Corporation Street, St Helens,  on Tuesday morning and afternoon and Thursday morning and afternoon

Greater Manchester:

  • Oldham Link Centre, Union Street, Oldham  On Wednesday morning and afternoon
  • The Action for Blind people Centre, Albert Street, Eccles on Friday morning
  • The Walkden Link, Smith Street, Walkden  Centre on Friday afternoon
  • The Methodist Centre in Oldham Street Manchester City Centre on Thursday morning and afternoon
  • Atherton House, Talbot Road, Old Trafford on Tuesday morning and afternoon and Friday afternoon

Bill Milner, Merseyside Area Manager, says the courses are great for people who are visually impaired, even those who have never used a computer before. “Being able to use a computer and surf the web is just as important for blind and partially sighted people as it is for anyone else. Whether it’s to look for a job, shop online or keep in touch with friends by email, these sessions will give people all the skills they need to use their computer with confidence.”

Anyone interested in booking a place or finding out more, can do so by phoning Neil Kynaston, Henshaws I.T. Training Manager on 0151 708 7055.


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