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Article date - 13 September 2018
The Helen Marie Charity – founded in 1985 by Arthur and Marjorie Hurst in memory of their daughter Helen Marie – has donated a ‘Kid Walk’ worth £2,311 to the family of two-year-old Jaxson Potter who lives with an undiagnosed condition which prevents him from walking.
A special ceremony - attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Councillor Pat Ireland and Lynn Glover - was held at the council-run Bridge Centre where Jaxson attends every Thursday morning. Located in Roper Street, the centre offers a specialist service to children from birth up to the age of five- years old with complex health needs.
Speaking of her delight, Jaxson’s mum, Jackie, 30, said: “Jaxson loves his walker. It’s even red like his and his dad’s favourite football team, Liverpool, and although he hasn’t quite mastered how to move forward yet, every time he moves backwards he praises himself by clapping which is wonderful to watch.
“We’re so grateful to Arthur, Marjorie and anyone associated with the Helen Marie Charity for raising the money to fund this walker which has given our son the freedom to move in a way we never thought he would.”
Marjorie, whose charity has donated over a thousand items to disabled children across St Helens the past 34-years, added: “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 memory lives on, while enhancing the wellbeing of so many young people in St Helens with disabilities.”