Brad and Will’s Story

When Brad was born, their mum Pamela didn’t know who to turn to. Not only was Brad her first child, but he was also visually impaired. Luckily, Henshaws was there to help...

"You don’t meet other parents of visually impaired children in a daily basis; it’s not like there is a family with a visually impaired child living across the road. It’s nice to speak to families in a similar situation as you and share your experiences.”

Pamela, Brad and Will’s mum

Brad, Will and Pam hugging

It was in the waiting room at the Manchester Royal Manchester Eye Hospital that Pamela found out about Henshaws. She contacted the Henshaws Children & Families Team who gave her the information and advice to help her cope with Brad, and later Will’s, sight loss. We provided the support she needed at this difficult time, and put her in touch with other families in the same position.

Brad and Will have taken part in lots of activities organised by the Children & Families Team at Henshaws, including a week-long residential trip for young people living with sight loss. This trip helped Brad and Will to develop their social skills, confidence and independence.

Before he went away on the trip, Will was extremely dependent on his mum and sister for everyday tasks that we might take for granted. He would normally spend a lot of his time at home playing computer games in his room. However, with the skills and confidence Will gained from the course he is now more willing to do things for himself, such a pouring a drink and even doing some baking in the kitchen!

Brad, Will and mum Pam sat on the sofa smiling at the camera

The I Can Do It course, funded by BBC Children In Need, and other activities the brothers have taken part in, have given them the opportunity to meet other children living with sight loss and helped them realised that, with the right support, they can do things for themselves and achieve their dreams.

With your support, we can make sure that other children with sight loss like Brad and Will, get the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to create a more positive future for themselves.

With the draw taking place on December 19th, imagine what you could do with an extra £1,500 this Christmas. Whatever you’d choose to spend the prize money on, taking part in the raffle will make sure that children living with sight loss in your local area can access the support they need to live the life they want. If you would like more raffle tickets for your friends and family, you can give us a call on 0300 222 5555 or visit your nearest Henshaws hub.

“Hanging around with people who don’t have a visual impairment can sometimes be difficult. Through Henshaws, I’ve met other people like me who understand what I mean when I talk about my experiences of living with sight loss.”


Brad laughing on a zipline
Brad, Will and Pam stood smiling at the camera

Support others like Brad & Will

Sight loss can be a frightening and isolating journey, but with your support, we can help fund our patient support services, so people can build a network of support and enjoy life to the full. Whether it’s through a donation, or an event, your support can mean that others like Brad & Will get the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to create a more positive future for themselves.

A group of children stood together smiling at the camera at the Adventure Farm Trip

Find out more about our Children and Families Services

Henshaws offer a range of services and events for children of all ages and their families across Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Yorkshire. Find out more about what we can offer you here, or contact our First Step team on 0300 222 5555.