THE fundraising efforts of a Wirral charity helping children cerebral palsy has been given a £4,000 boost.

Wallasey-based Stick'n'Step provides free specialist conductive education and support services to more than 70 children, their families and carers.

To keep services free of charge, the charity need to raise at least £300,000 year on year.

In a bid to help, Birkenhead-based property consultants and auctioneers, Smith and Sons, have donated £4,000.

Part of the cash will be used to fund a new database helping improve communications with parents, teachers and healthcare professionals. It will also fund a full year of conductive education for one child.

The firm's managing partner Chris Johnson said: "Stick n Steps is a brilliant local charity that provides vital support for children and families affected by cerebral palsy.

"As with many charities, they rely on independent funding to survive and we're really pleased to be able to make this donation today."

Kerry Roe-Ely, Stick'n'Step's community and events fundraiser, said: "We greatly appreciate the support of Chris Johnson and Smith and Sons for their donation, which will help us support a child coming to Stick ‘n’ Step for a year.

"So much positive change can happen in a child's life in that time, and we thank Smith and Sons for helping that to happen."

Smith and Sons continue to donate regularly to Wirral based community groups and charitable organisations and have recently made donations to other local charities.