Society is marking 140 years
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