Magical moments at our children and young people events in December

Sharing the most magical time of the year with our Children and Young People's Service

Christmas is the most visual time of the year. For a child or young person with sight loss, the experience can be sometimes isolating and confusing.

At Henshaws, we offer a range of services and events for children of all ages and their families across Greater Manchester and Merseyside as part of our Children and Young People’s Service. It is an opportunity for them to meet new people, make new friends and enjoy new experiences.

In December, we hosted children and young people with sight loss some magical Christmas experiences at our cinema experience event and Christmas party extravaganzas!

A family photo with Santa at our Manchester party

In Manchester:

Our Christmas party was enjoyed by over 100 people. Families were treated to an afternoon at the wonderful Hotel Football where they took part in games, created beautiful art pieces, enjoyed a meal together and even had a visit from you know who!

Just want to say thanks what a great party we all loved it! Parent

Child smiling to camera holding up a Santa hat to their head

In Merseyside:

Families were treated to a cinema experience with a difference at the beautiful Bijou cinema. There were games and treats before watching the family Christmas favourite-The Grinch.

During the showing, there was an appearance from the Grinch himself to the surprise of our families and Cindy Loo, a popular character from the movie.

Family meeting the Grinch posing to camera
A family by a table making arts and crafts together

We want to say a huge thank you to the following businesses and organisations for their generous support. Without their help, these events would not have been possible:

Ged Mason at Morson Group -Headline sponsor for our Manchester party.

The sponsorship from Morson Group meant that we could book a great venue and provide refreshments to our families.

A thank you to Hotel Football and Bijou Cinema for providing such amazing venues.

We would also like to thank the following for their kind donations that we used as presents from Santa and as raffle prizes.

MID Communications Ltd https://www.midcommunications.com/

Dino Falls Golf https://www.dinofalls.co.uk/

Sight and Sound https://www.sightandsound.co.uk/

Optelec Ltd https://uk.optelec.com/

Playmobil https://www.playmobil.co.uk/

Next https://www.next.co.uk/

Tesco https://www.tesco.com/

Greggs https://www.greggs.co.uk/

Mission Christmas Cash 4 Kids https://cashforkids.org.uk/mission

We really could not have provided these children with this wonderful experience if it were not for these kind donations, and we would like to send a huge thank you to everyone.

If you would like to support our Children and Young People’s Service through financial donation or want to find out more about our work, please contact mel.cooke@henshaws.org.uk or call 0300 222 5555.

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