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Weekly Edition - Published 25 July 2015


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Heritage Lottery Fund helping Stick 'n' Step's children to explore Mersey Maritime Heritage

A group of children and parents from Stick 'n' Step, a charity that provides free conductive education and support to children with cerebral palsy, enjoyed an exciting day trip on Mersey Ferries and at the Museum of Liverpool on Monday, 20 July 2015, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). HLF has awarded Stick 'n' Step a grant to pay for a series of trips to some of Liverpool's heritage sites during 2015 and to create a DVD documenting their experiences.

The trip to the Museum of Liverpool saw the young visitors spending the afternoon learning about Liverpool's growth from a stone age settlement through to the diverse and vibrant City that we know and love today. They got to experience travelling on a ferry across the Mersey, leaving from Woodside and arriving at the Pier Head in Liverpool. The children enjoyed a day full of learning about the history and culture of Liverpool, and finding out about the City and its stories.

A previous trip in late May saw another group of children visiting the Maritime Museum at the Albert Dock. Plans for further outings will be made over the next few months allowing as many different children as possible the opportunity to participate. The HLF distributes money raised by National Lottery players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. The aim is to create a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities.

Commented Sarah Smithson, Operations Manager at Stick 'n' Step:- "The children who have participated so far have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. For many of them it will have been their first trip on a ferry or experiencing a museum environment. It's fantastic to be able to bring the children together in groups to have a day out away from their usual environment at the Stick 'n' Step centre. They were fascinated with what they learnt and we feel it is very important for the children to understand the local heritage and what makes Liverpool so special. Everyone is very grateful for the opportunity that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us and the children."

Stick 'n' Step provides free conductive education sessions, which are not offered by the NHS, to help children with cerebral palsy learn vital life skills, like walking and talking, through participating in group activities. It's a place where they can make friends and grow in confidence, and where parents have access to respite and support. Families travel each week from across the North West and North Wales to the Stick 'n' Step centre in Wallasey to receive this life changing service. Stick 'n' Step receives no government funding and relies completely on fundraising to cover its annual running cost of £350,000.   For more information about Stick 'n' Step and how you can help, visit:- StickNStep.Org or call:- 0151 638 0888.


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