Henshaws gets Poetic

Poet Dave Steele, who has the hereditary eye condition retinitis pigmentosa (RP), certainly wasn’t lost for words when he joined Henshaws team of ambassadors. The 42 year old who has personal experience of living with sight loss, said:

“To be asked to be an ambassador for any organisation is an honour but for me this partnership is truly special. I am proud to have the opportunity to work with a charity from my home city of Manchester whose core values of supporting people with sight loss and other disabilities truly mirror my own.”

“My mission is to raise awareness of invisible disabilities and inspire people living with similar conditions to my own is something I have no doubt I will achieve with Henshaws in my corner.”

Dave’s duties will include speaking at events organised by the charity, which has supported blind and visually impaired people for more than 180 years, and connecting with people with a visual impairment as a role model.

The father of four will work to boost Henshaws profile and said the role is a chance to reach more people with his poetry, including his most recent series of books, Stand By Me RP with Volume 3 being released this week. The books were inspired by his own experiences of living with RP, a condition that means he now has only limited vision in his right eye.

Dave Steele smiling at the camera holding a copy of his new book.

 

Dave added: “Most of my work with sight loss charities has been in America due to it being the place where my books have gained the largest response. When I received the opportunity to work with a charity that has such a heritage in Manchester it was a no brainer. Being a proud Mancunian I’ve been aware for some time what a difference the people at Henshaws make to our community.”

Dave lives in Prestwich with his wife Amy, four children and his guide dog, Christopher.

If you’re interested in joining our fantastic volunteers, have a look at our volunteering opportunities online or contact us at volunteer@henshaws.org.uk.

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