Henshaws turns 179 years old!

This Saturday, we turn 179 years old - and we celebrate our birthday with cake and balloons across the charity.

We started back in 1837, after hat manufacturer Thomas Henshaw left in his Will £20,000 towards the education and employment of visually impaired people. For 179 years we’ve been at the centre of supporting people with sight loss, and we’re proud to be one of the oldest charities in the North of England.

Thank you to all our generous supporters who have helped us to continue to where we are today, and to everyone who helped with the celebrations this week. You can check out some of our celebration pictures from across our charity below , with seriously impressive cakes at Liverpool and our Specialist College. There’s even a birthday muffin from our Newcastle football team, waiting to catch a plane to Belfast for their tournament!

Want to celebrate at home? Why not test your Henshaws knowledge in our quiz here!

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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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