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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. In addition 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 corporate institutions.

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 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 Friday. The Market currently consists of five stalls with three product categories: namely fish, cheese and fruit and vegetable stalls.

In addition there is a flower stall on Grove Street selling flowers six days a week.

For more information call John Leach
at Macclesfield Borough Council.
on 01625 504752.

Alderley Edge Farmer's Market
Now held at the Festival Hall starting Sunday 12th September.

There will be 22 stalls selling a range of produce from farm reared meats to home grown fruit and vegetables, home made jams, cakes etc.
It runs from 10am - 2 pm on the
2nd Sunday of every month.

All proceeds from running the market are donated to Wilmslow Lions. For more info. contact Christine Munro on 01625 251753

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