Hundreds of walkers stepped out to support Stick ‘n’ Step last Sunday (12 June) on the Wirral Coastal Walk, with the final fundraising total expected to be in excess of £6000 for the local charity. Wallasey-based Stick ‘n’ Step provides conductive education and support services to children with cerebral palsy and their families, completely free of charge.
In advance of the walk Stick ‘n’ Step appealed for walkers to sign-up to raise awareness of the fact that 1 in 400 people in the UK have cerebral palsy. The annual walk, organised by the Rotary Club of North Wirral, covers 15 miles of coastal path, starting from Seacombe Ferry and ending at Wirral Country Park Visitor Centre at Thurstaston.
Commented Sarah Smithson, operations manager at Stick ‘n’ Step: “We were so pleased to see so many wonderful walkers turn out in support of Stick ‘n’ Step. We were lucky with the weather as it stayed dry most of the day and those who did get wet carried on regardless. The Wirral Walk is an incredible event, with people from all over the Wirral taking part and raising thousands of pounds for charities close to their hearts.”
She continued: “It is a shocking statistic that one in 400 people in the UK have cerebral palsy and we wanted to help highlight the widespread impact of this condition, with hundreds of walkers displaying the message on their t-shirts. I certainly think we achieved this!”
Stick ‘n’ Step provides support services to children with cerebral palsy and their families. The charity works with over 70 children, allowing them to gain the skills they need to live independent lives through conductive education sessions. The specialist sessions are not offered by the NHS and are provided free of charge to the families by Stick ‘n’ Step.
For more information about Stick ‘n’ Step and how you can help, visit www.sticknstep.org or call 0151 638 0888.