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Issue:- 19 June 2014

£3000 donated to local children's charity

WIRRAL based charity Stick 'n' Step received a cheque for £3000 from The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund during a visit by the Trustees of the Fund to the centre in Wallasey on Friday, 13 June 2014. The Trustees include the Lord Lieutenants of Merseyside (Dame Lorna Muirhead), Greater Manchester (Mr Warren Smith) and Lancashire (Lord Shuttleworth).

During the visit the Trustees were able to see the specialist facilities at the centre, which included the sage room, sensory room and main session areas. They also spent time with the children and staff, which gave them an insight into the positive experiences and specialist activities the centre provides for the children.

The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund is a registered charity set up with consent of Her Majesty the Queen to assist good causes within the Duchy boundaries, which benefit their local communities. Stick 'n' Step was invited to apply for the grant which was then approved by the Merseyside Major Grants Committee.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside Dame Lorna Muirhead commented;- "The service Stick 'n' Step provides for children with cerebral palsy and their families is remarkable. I always enjoy visiting the centre and spending time with the children and staff. Stick 'n' Step works hard to provide such positive experiences for everyone who attends and the benefits are far reaching."

Commented Sarah Smithson, Operations Manager at Stick 'n' Step:- "We are very grateful for the grant given to us by the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund and delighted to welcome trustee members here at the centre to show how the money donated will help. The staff and children thoroughly enjoyed the visit and it is great to be recognised for the life changing work our staff are doing every day for children with cerebral palsy and their families."

Every year Stick 'n' Step provides free conductive education and support services to 70 children and their families. The charity receives no government funding and relies completely on the fundraising efforts of the community to cover its annual running cost of £350,000.

For more information about Stick 'n' Step, and how you can help, please visit or alternatively contact Sarah Smithson, Operations Manager on:- 0151 638 0888.

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