Celebrating our 180th Anniversary

2017 will see Henshaws celebrate our 180th anniversary having been established through a £20,000 gift in Thomas Henshaw's will way back in 1837. We will be sharing some of our favourite stories throughout the year and would love to hear your memories of Henshaws!

Henshaws Van from 1935

What a difference 180 years makes!

That’s right; thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Henshaws has been helping those with sight loss across Greater Manchester for 180 years! While we have changed a lot since Thomas Henshaw left £20,000 in his will to establish an ‘Asylum for the indigent Blind’, our core objective of supporting those with sight loss and other disabilities to live the life they choose has never changed.

Above you can see one of the Henshaws vans from back in 1935. These vans used to transport boots, furniture, mattresses and more that visually impaired service users repaired in Henshaws’ workshops for the blind in Manchester. We would love to hear if you had any experience with these workshops in Manchester or any of our other services across the north of England. From having a chair repaired in one of our workshops to attending one of our holiday trips to the Belmont Hotel in Llandudno, we would love to hear your stories.

If you have any stories/memories of Henshaws from any point throughout our 180 year history, please get in touch with stewart.graham@henshaws.org.uk or call 0161 786 3656. They might end up in our 180th anniversary exhibition later in the year!

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Henshaws rely on voluntary donations; our work just wouldn’t be possible without people like you. Your support empowers local people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to increase their independence, achieve their dreams, and go beyond expectations.

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