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'Lights Out Gives Sight to Children' Campaign.
On my way to the Wilmslow Business Group meeting on the radio was a Campaign
asking for just 62p a week to adopt a child so that they could be given the
gift of sight.
I had just spent an hour in the company of Wendy Diddams the
Optometrist in Knutsford who had herself spent 3 months as part of a project
to restore sight to children in Africa.
It was no coincidence then that I
bumped into Mike in the Samuel Finney who had been blind for the last 30
years and was having a quick pint with his trusting guide dog Ross waiting patiently on the floor
beside him, passing time before he himself made his
way to the Meeting with me as his guide, although you always wonder if you
are really just making it more difficult for him to go about his way of
walking to Hoopers with his blind dog as his eyes.
When I looked at the
agenda for the meeting I was pleasantly surprised to see that a presentation
of a cheque was to be made to Mike to help him pay for a new guide dog that
he required in March of next year as Ross was being retired after ten
faithful years. I was happy to find out later that Mike was still keeping
him as a pet in addition to his new guide dog.
Also on the agenda was the
last call for retailers to be part of the 'Christmas lighting up in
Wilmslow' in which retailers were asked to commit £84 to install a Christmas
Tree on their building with a bracket and a further £150.00 for an
electrician to install a two pin plug with a circuit breaker on the building
exterior for the Christmas lighting up show on 22nd November.
there was a call for gift donations for raffle prizes from traders and
businesses to be drawn on the night to raise money for charity.
It was at
this point that an idea came to me. Against the general flow - Why couldn't
Wilmslow be the first town to have a Christmas lights switch off where money
would not be spent on erecting and installing these lights but have one
symbolic tree with lights that increase in number towards Christmas which
represents the gift of sight to a child for every £24.00 raised. Further
that stores like Hoopers would actually turn off their window display lights
in the weekday evenings after shopping hours in the two months run up to
Christmas and instead make a donation to a charity on a percentage basis on
the money they had saved on electricity they had not used and use the funds
to give children the gift of sight for next Christmas. Think also of the
power this could actually save if this idea was adopted by other large
School Children could also participate by
experiencing what it is like to be blind by perhaps being blind folded and
being walked around the town or school with a classmate as a guide and then
swap roles. I know that it is far too late to action or any initiative for
this Christmas but if anyone thinks that they may like to help make a
difference to the lives of less fortunate children elsewhere in the world
then could they please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any ideas or
with offers of help to bring this or a similar idea to fruition . It is a
fact that a child every five minutes loses their sight which is totally
preventable and that 60% of these will die within a year.
Become part of an initiative from Wilmslow to give sight to children whose
sight can be restored in time for next Christmas.
Local Retail and Farmer's Markets
Wilmslow Retail Market
Small well attended retail market
serving the local community is held
in Bank Square every
Market currently consists of five
stalls with three product categories:
namely fish, cheese and fruit and
addition there is a flower stall
on Grove Street selling flowers
six days a week.
more information call John Leach
at Macclesfield Borough Council.
on 01625 504752.
Alderley Edge Farmer's
Now held at the Festival Hall
starting Sunday 12th September.
will be 22 stalls selling a range of
produce from farm reared meats to
home grown fruit and vegetables,
home made jams, cakes etc.
from 10am - 2 pm on the 2nd Sunday
of every month.
proceeds from running the market are
donated to Wilmslow Lions. For more
info. contact Christine Munro on