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Article date - 07 August 2017
Kelly Wellens, founder of recently registered family bereavement charity Jenson’s Twinkle Stars, and her partner Gary Larkin were welcomed into St Helens Town Hall on Thursday (3 August) where they received the cheque from councillors Dave and Jeanette Banks who raised the impressive sum through a number of successful fundraisers.
For his mayoral charity during his time as mayor for 2016-17, Councillor Banks, who represents the Earlestown ward, chose Jenson’s Twinkle Stars - a cause close to both councillors’ hearts - which was set up by Kelly in 2011 following the loss of her son, Jenson Rigby, who passed away in the womb shortly before birth.
Speaking of her delight on receiving the cheque, Kelly said: “As a local charity, we’re deeply moved by Dave and Jeanette’s generous actions which have helped raise our profile considerably.
“This incredible amount of money will help us out like you wouldn’t believe it; providing support to bereaved families through sessions at the Tunza Centre, and help young children overcome loss by bringing some happiness into their lives though fun days out and respite.
“We hope to one day open our own bereavement centre to reach out to even more families and this donation is a massive boost in helping us achieve this.”
Councillor Dave Banks added: “Jenson’s Twinkle Stars means a great deal to my wife and me, and when the opportunity came to represent St Helens as mayor, I knew I had to spread the good word of its work as far and wide as possible.
“Unfortunately, many years ago, families wouldn’t have been able to receive the same level of support as today when dealing with the loss of a child, so it’s touching to see a local charity here in St Helens carry out this duty.
“I’d like to wish Kelly, Gary and their team of volunteers, all the luck in the world for the future.”
For more information on Jenson’s Twinkle Stars, visit: www.jensonstwinklestars.co.uk
Photo caption: Kelly (third on the left) and Gary (second on the right) receive a cheque for £10,853.00 from councillors Dave and Jeanette Banks (third on right/second on left. Also pictured; Barry and Carol Tither who helped organise a lot of the fundraising events.