A GROUP with a vision for protecting the futures of disabled children in Hartlepool has renewed hope for the future.
One Hart, One Mind, One Future is a Hartlepool organisation run by the parents of disabled children, and has helped influence and shape local disabled services since it formed in 2009. Earlier this month it feared it was in danger of disappearing unless new members came forward and an event was organised to help boost their number.
The event was held at the Belle Vue Community Centre, in Kendal Road, Hartlepool, and organisers say it was well attended and it attracted several potential new active members to help drive the group’s vision forward.
Active member and parent Christine Fewster, 30, whose two sons James Fewster-Smith, seven, and Harry Fewster-Smith, three, suffer with genetic condition Masa Syndrome which has left them with learning and physical disabilities, said: “It went really well and it was lovely to see so many people turn out. We got a lot of new parents come along who we have never seen before and we got to discuss a lot of new outcomes that we would like to see the group achieve over the next 12 months.
“Recently some parents have got other commitments or their lifestyle has changed and we need to recruit more parents to keep the group running.
“So to get this response today was just brilliant because at the moment there is only myself and another lady who are running it.It’s generated a renewed interest and we hope that this can carry on so that the group can as well.”
The group is also holding a Christmas meal on Friday, December 12, in The Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street, Hartlepool.
Tickets cost £5 per person for a two-course meal and wine. Ring 07896054361 for further details.