Henshaws is one of the oldest charities in the UK and in 2012 we celebrated our 175th 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 2012 we celebrated our 175th anniversary with an exhibition entitled, Thomas Henshaw: One Man’s Vision. The exhibition explored our history and the history of visual impairment and was toured in Oldham, Leeds and Salford.