Henshaws, which provides a wide range of services for visually impaired and disabled people of all ages, is calling on the region to cast off gloomy autumn clothes and ‘wear bright for sight’ this October.
Henshaws has joined forces with a host of businesses, schools and organisations across Yorkshire to launch its annual Wear Bright for Sight campaign.
The campaign, which will officially run during the week beginning 10 October and coincides with World Sight Day on 13 October, urges employees, community associations and schools to sport their brightest outfits. By donating £2 to participate (£1 per person for schools and colleges), individuals can help Henshaws to continue its work in providing facilities and support for visually impaired and disabled people.
Leading the corporate field is Hunters the Estate Agents, whose staff will cast off their uniforms and dress up for the occasion. Community groups joining in include Pannal Brownies, Pannal Beavers and Burnbridge Rainbows, whilst pupil power has been promised by a number of schools including Hookstone Primary School, Nidderdale High School and Marton cum Grafton primary school.
Hunters managing director Kevin Hollinrake said: “It is great to be involved with something so simple and fun, and for such a good cause as well. We’ll be wearing our loudest clothes, and I urge everyone to do the same.
“Henshaws is a great charity, which does a lot of valuable work. Whether it is supporting families whose children are visually impaired or disabled, or by equipping young adults with the skills to live independent lives, it makes a difference to hundreds of people every year.”
Louise Ashton, marketing and communications manager at Henshaws, said: “Wear Bright for Sight is a fun way for everyone to get involved in supporting the work we do at Henshaws, and the campaign is a vital element of our fundraising drive.
“The great thing about Wear Bright for Sight is that it is really easy to get involved and, of course, you can hold events at any time of year – not just October. You can fundraise in almost any way imaginable too, such as chest waxes, baby photo competitions or a cake bake.”
Stickers and fundraising packs highlighting how money can be raised through Wear Bright for Sight – and in a host of other ways – are available from the fundraising office at Henshaws 01423 814500. Or visit the charity’s website for more details, www.henshaws.org.uk/get-involved