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Article date - 19 October 2017
A local charity, formed over 30 years ago to care for those whose lives are hampered by illness, has continued its good work after purchasing another piece of specialised equipment for a severely disabled child in the borough.
Following a request from St Helens Council’s Paediatric Specialist Occupational Therapist, Cathryn Livingstone, the Helen Marie Friends Charity has kindly donated a 'P’ Pod postural support seat which can be easily used around the home environment.
Founded by Arthur and Marjorie Hurst in memory of their daughter Helen Marie – the Helen Marie Charity has helped hundreds of disabled children and young people in the borough since its establishment in 1985.
As a thank you for their generosity, Marjorie and Arthur, as well as a number of charity representatives, were invited into the Mayor’s Parlour in St Helens Town Hall where the ‘P’ Pod – which cost £1,067 - was officially handed over to Cathryn to pass onto the family.
Cathryn said: “In addition to specialist seating already purchased by the council, the ‘P’ Pod was identified as an alternative piece of equipment to meet this particular child’s needs, and so I obtained a quote and submitted an application to the charity.
“I was delighted to hear back from them agreeing to fund it, as it will make a positive difference to this child’s life.
“I have had involvements with the Helen Marie Charity for a number of years and they have been very generous. I’d like to personally thank Arthur and Marjorie for their unique piece of charity work which helps support so many disabled children in borough.”
Speaking after the presentation, Marjorie said: “As a charity, there is no greater feeling for us than knowing we are contributing so positively to the needs and wellbeing of local children.
“In life, Helen Marie enjoyed supporting children and young people in the borough with illnesses and disabilities, and as a charity; we will continue her good work so that her name lives on.”