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Issue:- 29 May 2014

High Sherriff gives high praise to Stick 'n' Step at Hidden Gems awards

The High Sherriff awarded Stick ‘n’ Step for ‘optimising lives and giving parents hope’, which was

A Wirral based charity, Stick 'n' Step, has received special recognition at the High Sherriff of Merseyside's Hidden Gems Awards this year, which resulted in guests raising £2,000 for the charity.

The Hidden Gems Awards were established to honour previously undiscovered good causes across the borough that the High Sherriff of Merseyside, Ian Meadows OBE DL, encountered throughout his 2013/14 term in office.

The 200 guests on the night included representatives from around 50 good causes along with other special guests such as the Chief Constable of Merseyside, the Bishop of Warrington and all five Mayors, representing each borough of Merseyside. Each of the good causes received a personalised award as recognition of its contribution to society, including Stick 'n' Step; which was recognised for 'optimising lives and giving parents hope'.

Ahead of the Awards, the High Sherriff brought Stick 'n' Step to the attention of everyone in the room and played its promotional video to highlight the work of the charity. He also encouraged guests to enter the raffle, with proceeds going to Stick 'n' Step; which amounted to almost £2,000. The High Sherriff's intentions to fundraise on the night and give special recognition came as a pleasant surprise to Sarah Smithson, Operations Manager, and Kerry Roe-Ely, Community and Events Fundraiser, who both represented the charity at the event.

The High Sherriff brought played Stick ‘n’ Step’s promotional video to everyone in the room, which

Stick 'n' Step is a nationally recognised charity based in Wirral. It provides conductive education (CE) and support services to 70 children with cerebral palsy and their families. It is the only CE centre in the North West and North Wales to offer its service for free. CE provides a platform for developing coping mechanisms to manage the difficulties caused by the disability, but it is not currently offered by the NHS. The annual cost to fund one child's place at Stick 'n' Step is £3,000 and because it receives no government funding, the charity relies entirely on grants and community fundraising to remain a free service.

Commented Kerry Roe-Ely, Community and Events Fundraiser at Stick 'n' Step:- "Back in November 2013 myself and our ambassador Rob Palmer attended the Merseyside Police Federation's Charitable Trust Dinner, which was raising vital funds for us. It was here that we were introduced to the High Sherriff by the Chief Constable of Merseyside and he was moved by our promotional video.

The Sheriff expressed his eagerness to come and see for himself the work that we do, which we were more than happy to arrange. Having the High Sheriff of Merseyside visit our centre was a huge honour in itself and we were thrilled to later hear that he would be recognising our work at the Hidden Gems Awards.

It was incredibly humbling to receive such high praise and both myself and Sarah were very moved by the generosity of guests who dug deep to support us. The amount raised will go a long way in supporting the development of children with cerebral palsy and for that we are extremely touched and grateful to the High Sherriff of Merseyside for his campaign to support our cause."

For information about Stick 'n' Step, call:- 0151 638 0888 or visit:-  Alternatively you can view the charity's promotional video mentioned on YouTube.

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