Henshaws is one of the oldest charities in the UK and in 2017 we will be celebrating our 180th anniversary - find out about our history and how it all started.
In 1810, Oldham businessman Thomas Henshaw left £20,000 in his will to establish an ‘Asylum for the Indigent Blind’ in Manchester. He had made his wealth in the local hatting industry, but despite this success, he battled with depression until his death.
Now approaching almost 200 years old, Henshaws is still growing today! We employ over 300 members of staff and 232 volunteers who support individuals, families and their carers who are living with sight loss as well as a range of other disabilities.
In 2017 we are celebrating our 180th anniversary by looking back at some of the fantastic individuals and stories we have discovered while providing support to those living with sight loss and other disabilities. There will be a number of events throughout the year to celebrate this anniversary, so keep an eye out on our website as well as Twitter and Facebook to make sure you don’t miss anything!