St Helens charity’s £1,000 anniversary grant

Majorie and Arthur Hurst with St Helens mayor Stephen Glover at Abbeyford Childrens Home
Majorie and Arthur Hurst with St Helens mayor Stephen Glover at Abbeyford Childrens Home

A St Helens based charity has been handed a bumper grant by a charity celebrating its 30th anniversary.

The Helen Marie Friends charity was set up in 1985 by Arthur and Marjorie Hurst in memory of their daughter, Helen.

I would like to thank Arthur and Marjorie for this incredibly generous act which will enable children and young people at Abbeyford to enjoy an adventure weekend at Barnstondale Activity Centre and go towards purchasing iPads and software to help them with their everyday lives

Paul Spencer, manager of Abbeyford

Over the decades, the couple have raised hundreds of thousands for local childrens charities.

And this year, to celebrate 30 years of service, they handed over a cheque for £1,010 to Abbeyford Children Home in Dentons Green.

The facility provides planned short breaks for children and young people with complex health and physical needs as well as those with severe learning and social communication difficulties.

Paul Spencer, manager at Abbeyford, said: “On behalf of everyone at Abbeyford, I would like to thank Arthur and Marjorie for this incredibly generous act which will enable children and young people at Abbeyford to enjoy an adventure weekend at Barnstondale Activity Centre and go towards purchasing iPads and software to help them with their everyday lives.”

The Hursts set up in memory of their daughter whose life was tragically cut short by a terminal illness.