Leanne’s making dreams come true

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A KIND-hearted council worker has helped make a dream come true for one of her young charges.

Leanne Kendrick, who works at St Helens Council’s Abbeyford Shirt Breaks Unit, vowed to help Ross Parkinson after he started attending the unit.

The 16-year-old, who has learning difficulties, has always wanted a bike but needs a very expensive adapted one.

Undeterred Leanne approached the Helen Marie Charity to fund the £2,000 bike and they agreed.

Leanne said: “The family were over the moon and took Ross to Gloucester to pick up his long awaited bike.

“Words cannot explain how happy it has made him. It has made a great difference to him in many ways and he now goes for regular rides with hid dad.”

The Helen Marie children’s charity, based in St. Helens, was established in 1985, after Helen Marie Hurst’s life was tragically cut short by a terminal illness.

The fund commemorates the lion-hearted spirit of the 12-year-old whose greatest love while she was alive, was to help others less fortunate than herself.

Ever since then Helen Marie’s parents, family and friends have worked relentlessly to try and alleviate the suffering of children during the times of illness.

For further information about the work of the charity contact chairman Arthur Hurst on 01744 734155; treasurer Julie Clarke on 01744 734118; or secretary Enid Pimblett on 01744 28269.

Pictured are Barbara Harden, Ross’s mum; Ross; Leanne and a representative from the Helen Marie Charity.