Power station funding helps families of disabled children

An award-winning charity has received a boost in its backing for families with disabled youngsters.

Saturday, 12th March 2016, 5:00 am
Danny Tyrrell (front right) Training Manager Hartlepool Power Station after presenting a cheque for £1000 from EDF Energy to the Christine Frewster (front left) and membrs of the 1 Hart 1 Mind 1 Future Group at Brierton Sports Centre, on Friday.

Hartlepool Power Station has donated £1,000 to the 1 Hart 1 Mind 1 Future group, after bosses described it as a great charity doing vital work.

It’s great news for the cause, which scooped the Hartlepool Mail’s community group trophy in the Best of Hartlepool Awards last year.

Member and parent Christine Fewster said: “We are a voluntary community group made up of families of children and young people with disabilities. We work with our community including local authority, health and education to ensure services are meaningful for our local families.

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“We help signpost families to where they can get the information they are looking for in relation to their family needs.”

The group also has family-based activities and they include Saturday clubs, swim sessions and holiday activities. Christine added: “With very limited budgets, the grant received from Hartlepool Power Station will allow us to provide further activities to families, helping reduce isolation, low self-esteem and, in turn, create more resilient families.”

She said the group could not provide activities to families of disabled children without the help and support of external sources.

Power station director Simon Parsons said: “This is a great charity doing some vital work in the community and I am pleased we can do our bit to support them.”