Date: Sep 06,2018

With just days to go until the start of Vision Awareness Week 2018, Manx Blind Welfare Society is looking forward to another series of events promoting the importance of good eye health in the Isle of Man.

The fifth annual Vision Awareness Week, which will run from the 9th to 16th September, aims to raise awareness of the challenges faced by blind and visually impaired people and promote the work that the charity does in the Island. This year the theme will also focus on the importance of regular eye examinations for children and encourage parents to get their child’s eyes tested.

Festivities will begin this Sunday with the Society’s first ever Coast to Coast Walk. Commencing at 12:30pm on South Quay in Douglas, participants will continue along the outskirts of Douglas, onto the old railway track and into Peel, finishing at the House of Manannan. A shorter route, starting in St John’s, will be available for those who don’t feel able to walk the full nine miles.

Friday 14th September will mark the annual Bright for Sight Day. Schools, charities and local businesses are encouraged to help raise awareness of blindness and visual impairment by dressing in the brightest clothing they can find, decorating the workplace in striking colours or even bringing in some tasty, colourful treats to sell.

MBWS will also hold a Bright for Sight coffee morning at its Corrin Court headquarters in Onchan. For a small entry fee of £1.50, the local community is invited to come along in their brightest clothes at 10.30am for a morning of coffee, cake and tasty home-baked treats.

Vision Awareness Week 2018 will conclude on Sunday 16th September with the Island’s first ever ‘blind driving’ event. Blind and visually impaired people and blindfolded individuals with full sight will take to Onchan Raceway for a rare opportunity to drive safely around the track in a dual-controlled car, accompanied by a qualified driving instructor.

Spaces for the blind drive are now fully-booked but everyone is welcome to come down on the day and watch the excitement unfold.

Manx Blind Welfare Society Volunteers Coordinator & Events Organiser Debbie Thomson said: ‘Vision Awareness Week is such a busy time for us and provides an opportunity to promote the importance of good eye health, increase awareness of visual impairment and blindness and raise vital funds so we can continue our work in the Island.

‘We’ve been delighted with the amount of interest shown in our programmed events and are pleased to see schools, businesses, charities and individual groups getting involved – and it’s not too late for anyone else that wants to join in the fun!

‘If anyone would like to get involved or support Vision Awareness Week in any way, you can contact us on 674727 or by emailing’ 

Manx Blind Welfare Society looks after the interests of and provides services to almost 600 blind and visually impaired people in the Isle of Man, relying entirely upon fundraising, donations and legacies.

To find out about Vision Awareness Week 2018 and the work of Manx Blind Welfare Society, visit: