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Record breaking year for Coast to Coast Walk

More than £8,000 raised for Manx Blind Welfare Society

This year's Coast to Coast Walk saw the largest turnout, and raised more funds than ever before.

The fundraiser, for the Manx Blind Welfare Society, took place on 6 September, and saw almost 600 people walk the heritage trail from Douglas to Peel.

So far, the event has raised more than £8,000, with more sponsorship forms yet to come in.

Lewis Foster spoke with Volunteer Coordinator and Events Organiser, Debbie Thomson:

Next week (21-26 September) marks Vision Awareness Week 2020, with a range of events planned, including:

Monday: Adrian Higgins, Store Director and Optician at Specsavers Isle of Man, will present an 'eye health talk' from 2pm at the charity’s Corrin Court headquarters in Onchan.

The event is free to attend, however parking spaces should be reserved in advance.

Tuesday: MBW's Resource Officer, Dave Wilson, will host a technology drop-in session at the Corrin Court Audio Library, showcasing a variety of state-of-the-art technology and gadgets specially designed to help those with a visual impairment.

Anyone is able to go along to the event, which will take place between 11am and 3pm. 

Wednesday: A ‘Healthy Eyes Cookery Evening’ hosted by local chef Claire Quayle, who will prepare a selection of meals that are good eye health, share recipe cards and also offer a taster of the cooking.

Taking place once again at Corrin Court, this free event is limited so the charity say booking is essential.

Friday: To mark the annual 'Bright for Sight Day' Island residents and local businesses are encouraged to wear something bright and vibrant, decorate the workplace in bright colours or bring in some colourful treats.

To end the week Manx Blind Welfare Society representatives will be at Tesco on Friday and Saturday to talk with shoppers about the importance of eye health, and also collect donations.

You can find out more information at the Manx Blind Welfare Society Facebook page, by calling 01624 674727 or emailing enquiries@mbws.org.im.

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