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Wirral charity needs your vote to secure funding
11:35am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
WIRRAL children's charity Stick 'n' Step has been shortlisted for a £3,000 grant from Lloyd's Bank Community Fund.
It is one of four local good causes in with a chance of winning the money, but the final decision is down to a public vote.
The charity was set up in 2002 by a group of parents of children with cerebral palsy, who wanted to resolve the lack of support and development facilities available.
The parents roped in the help of the whole community and together, they refurbished an empty space at St John's Parish Centre to create the first low-key education centre.
Nowadays, the organisation is based in a purpose-built educational centre based in Wallasey, furbished with specially designed equipment.
It helps more than 70 children and their families from across the North West and North Wales.
Sarah Smithson, operations manager at Stick 'n' Step, said: "People often ask me, 'what do you do at Stick 'n' Step?'
"At Stick 'n' Step we teach children with cerebral palsy vital life skills – giving them more independence and freeing up a carer's time.
"Say for instance your arm doesn't move too well. Everyday tasks like putting on your school tie become less straightforward and your parent will normally have to do it for you.
"But when you still need your parents’ help for tasks such as this aged fifteen, it can be pretty embarrassing!
"Doing a school tie, making a sandwich, or putting on your socks - we cover it all."
If successful, the funding will be used to create a mock-up home environment at the centre.
This one-off purchase of household goods will help all 70 children, aged one to 18 years, become more confident and independent.
Voting ends at 11.59pm on Friday, November 1. You do not have to bank with Lloyds to cast a vote.
To vote online, visit www.lloydsbank.com/communityfund, or txt Stick ‘n’ Step’s unique voting code, “VOTE CPXD”, to 61119, or simply register a paper vote in a ballot box at Lloyds branch.
For further information about Stick ‘n’ Step visit www.sticknstep.org
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