Support group for disabled children in line for award

Members of the steering group of One Heart, One Mind, One Future disability group.

Members of the steering group of One Heart, One Mind, One Future disability group.

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A GROUP which specialises in helping disabled children is in the running for honours – just five years after forming.

The 1 Hart 1 Mind 1 Future group has been nominated for a Best of Hartlepool honour and its newly appointed chairwoman Christine Fewster said she was “over the moon.”

“I am really excited that Hart, 1 Mind, 1 Future has been nominated for this. I think it is a really good thing for the group.”

The group is a voluntary collective of parents who meet regularly to influence and advise initiatives for disabled children in Hartlepool.

The nomination for the group said: “The group works daily to provide a network of support to vulnerable families.

“The steering group ensures families have up-to- date information from local level to national levels to keep families informed.

“As well as this, the group fundraises to provide social events to families where their children may not be able to participate in “normal” community activities.

“The group has worked extremely hard to increase its awareness and has recently raised its members from three to 120 families.”

The events co-ordinated by 1 Hart 1 Mind 1 Future include trips to Carlton Camp, after-school activities and helping families to access short breaks.

The group has created cake and coffee mornings, has organised ice skating, and is planning a Saturday club.

It is also arranging for a fun day to take place at Summerhill, off Catcote Road, Hartlepool, on April 19.

Anyone wanting to find out more about the group should visit its Facebook page, which is called Hart, 1 Mind, 1 Future Group Forum.

Christine added: “I am really excited that Hart, 1 Mind, 1 Future has been nominated for this. I think it is a really good thing for the group.”

This year’s Best of Hartlepool awards will culminate with a grand finale at the Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield on April 30.

But before then, we need lots of entries, and people have until April 10 to come forward with deserving causes in categories, which range from fundraiser of the year to child of courage, and green champion to local hero.

After the deadline passes, a panel of judges will get together to draw up a shortlist.

For now, we want you to inundate us with entries. Make your nominations here: www.jpne-events.co.uk/hartlepool