Welcome to Manx Blind Welfare Society
I am proud to serve as Chief Executive of Manx Blind Welfare Society, which through a network of talented staff and dedicated volunteers has been providing vital services to the blind and visually impaired of the Isle of Man since 1936. The Society works tirelessly to assist visually impaired people to live their lives as independently as they choose, and promote social inclusion throughout Manx society for all. I invite you to explore the free services and support the Society offers, and the ways you can help us to continue this vital work for the Isle of Man community.
Mrs Pat Corrin OBE
On Friday 14th September 2018 Mrs Pat Corrin OBE sadly passed away. Pat who is the wife of our President, Deemster Jack Corrin CBE, TH, was a long standing volunteer at the Society.
Pat’s involvement with the Manx Blind Welfare was to span over 40 years. In 1972 she started reading the local news for the blind when the service was introduced. In 1984, when the Royal National Institute for the Blind and Manx Blind Welfare agreed a revised charter for sharing funds raised on Island, Pat was appointed as Chairman of a new sub-committee, IOM Fund for the Blind. This was a position she would hold for 30 years. The duties of the Committee were to organise and deal with all fundraising activities, and on the occasion of the 75th history Pat would write that it had:
‘Organised hundreds of fundraising events and raised huge amounts of money for the Society. In the early days the aim was to raise £7k a year and in more recent years the average was £50k a year. Manx Blind Welfare is entirely a voluntary organisation and receives no Government aid and so the efforts of the Fund for the Blind Committee has been the financial rock on which the Society has been sustained.’
Pat went about her role as Chairman of the fund and as a member of our Executive Team (the Board) in exactly the same way she did in her professional life and the other positions she held in other charitable and public institutions, everything she did, she did quietly, effectively with humility and compassion towards others.
She was, and will always remain greatly respected by all associated with Manx Blind Welfare Society. The unanimous decision of the Society membership in 2003 to name our new headquarters in Onchan as ‘Corrin Court’ best illustrates the affection that our charity will always hold for Pat and her loving husband Jack.
There is no doubt that so much of the good work that emanates from this building has been guided through their wise counsel.
As we sadly extend the condolences of the whole Society to His Honour Jack and his daughter Jane, we take this opportunity to re-affirm our commitment to strive tirelessly to support any and all of those affected by the challenges of sight loss feeling assured that is exactly what Pat would expect us to do as we ensure her inspirational contribution and generosity of spirit lives on through our work.