The Nicky honours past benefactors

Founders of the Jewish Blind Society, which evolved into The Nicky Alliance Centre were reunited at a ceremony held to unveil refurbished portraits

The portraits, (painting and photographs) have hung on the staircase of the building for many years but had faded and suffered the ravages of time.  On display were community luminaries such as Louis Glancy, Hymie Davies, Daniel Supree, Abe Zolkwer, Bob Cassell and former Lord Mayors of Manchester Leslie Lever and Fred Balcombe. 

 Michelle Wiseman, Chief Executive at The Nicky, said: “These people were key players in the earlier organisation over many years dating back to when it was the Jewish Blind Society and we feel it is only appropriate that their work is recognised and their names memorialised within The Centre.  We are grateful to the Balcombe family who have made the refurbishment possible.”

 Welcoming the guests at the event Chairman, Brian White, said: “ The families here today represent the crème de crème of the founding fathers of Jewish Manchester. And we will hear about each of these founders through their families, grandchildren and even great grandchildren. Many of these special people came to this special organisation  many years before I was even born. But they are held in the highest esteem here at The Nicky.”

  He concluded: “These people had a vision – a vision that carries on 70 years later.”