A GROUP which helps youngsters with cerebral palsy and other disabilities is hoping to make wishes come true – thanks to the ECHO.
Wallasey-based Stick ‘n’ Step has registered for our Wish campaign, which is giving 200 Merseyside community groups the chance to win a share of £25,000.
In 2010 supporters of the centre collected more than 61,000 tokens, bagging themselves more than £700 to go towards the cost of running their facility.
The registered charity runs free sessions for about 70 youngsters with cerebral palsy and other motor disabilities aged six months to 18.
Kerry Roe-Ely, from the charity, said: “The parents of our children all have particular wishes when they first come to us.
“They wish their child could roll over. They wish their child could talk. They wish their child could crawl or walk or be able to join in with other children.
“The Liverpool ECHO’s Wish campaign will enable us to make these wishes come true and transform our families’ lives.”
Children and their families go to sessions at Stick ‘n’ Step twice a week.
Kerry said: “The money we receive from the Wish campaign means we will be able to continue to provide our services free of charge.
“It means we can help more children learn to sit up, crawl, stand, walk, talk and be so much more independent.”
The charity’s hard work seems to be paying off – this year was the first time a Stick ‘n’ Step member went to university.
But the service costs £21,000 a month to run, so schemes like Wish are vital in keeping it going.
Kerry said: “We will spend this year’s Wish money on the costs of providing our services free of charge to the 70 children who come to us twice a week.
“Each child’s place costs £3,500 annually.”
THE ECHO’s Wish campaign offers not-for-profit community groups across Merseyside the chance to win a share of £25,000 by collecting as many tokens as possible.
We will be printing tokens in the ECHO every day from Monday October 1 and all registered groups are guaranteed a slice of the money – the bigger your share of the tokens, the bigger your share of the cash.
The organisation which collects the most will also be given a £10,000 building makeover courtesy of building, repair, maintenance and heating specialist Fletchrose.
To register go to www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/wish or contact Rachel Street on 0151-330 5020 or email email@example.com to ask for a form.