Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City's Oldest Charity Bringing New Hope ; Henshaws Helping Blind Kids and Families Bosses Say Wish Cash Can Go to Specialist Toys

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City's Oldest Charity Bringing New Hope ; Henshaws Helping Blind Kids and Families Bosses Say Wish Cash Can Go to Specialist Toys

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MANCHESTER'S oldest charity has joined the M.E.N. Wish List so it can continue to support visually impaired people across the north west. Henshaws Society for Blind People, based on Talbot Road, Old Trafford, celebrates its 175th anniversary this year and is looking for your support to maintain its children's and family service. Each year, it works with hundreds of families across Greater Manchester, helping babies and children with sight loss, as well as their siblings, parents and carers. The charity also provides support programmes for parents with sight loss, runs a parent and toddler group, a support group for visually-impaired parents and relatives, plus activity days and residential trips throughout the LAINE O'FLYNNe year. Money from the Wish campaign would go towards supporting these activities, plus pay for specialist equipment for its sensory room, soft play area and specialist toy library. 'We work hard to secure the funds we need' Glen Lockett, head of fundraising at the charity, said funding from the Wish campaign would help maintain the family service, which acts as a crucial lifeline to parents and children coping with visual impairment. …

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