So­ci­ety is mark­ing 140 years

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY NEWS - STU­ART GREER

ACHARITY which helps the blind or vis­ually im­paired is cel­e­brat­ing its 140th birth­day.

Macclesfield Eye So­ci­ety, on Queen Vic­to­ria Street, was set up in 1875 dur­ing a time where vast num­bers of the town’s work­force worked in the silk in­dus­try in poor light­ing con­di­tions.

This in­evitably had a detri­men­tal ef­fect on peo­ples’ sight and many lost their vi­sion and jobs.

Recog­nis­ing the prob­lem the lo­cal author­ity founded the So­ci­ety of Home Teach­ing for the Blind to help the then 80 blind peo­ple reg­is­tered in the town.

Now known as the Macclesfield Eye So­ci­ety, its core ob­jec­tive re­mains the same, to im­prove the lives of vis­ually-im­paired peo­ple.

The char­ity is cel­e­brat­ing its role in the town with an event at Macclesfield Town Hall on Fri­day, May 29, from 10am to 4pm. There will be ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion on tech­nol­ogy which can help blind or vis­ually im­paired peo­ple and a demon­stra­tion from a guide dog.

Lucy Derges from the char­ity said: “We re­ally hope that blind or vis­ually im­paired peo­ple in the town, as well as their friends and fam­ily, will come and join us.”

●● Macclesfield Eye So­ci­ety

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