In May, our Senior Practitioner Catherine (part of our North team), was due to run the Bolton Marathon for a cause close to her heart – Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, but sadly this was cancelled due to Coronavirus.

Her daughter Rose, was saved by a remarkable team of surgeons. At only 5 months old, she went through open-heart surgery whilst all they could do as parents was watch and pray she would be okay. This is where Ronald McDonald House came in. They not only gave them the comfort of having a base, but knowing they could be right by Rose’s side at any time, should she need them, was so reassuring.

For 27 years they have provided home from home accommodation for the families of seriously ill children receiving care and treatment at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Every year more than 2,000 families go through their doors; they offer support and a safe place, just a stone’s throw away from the hospital, as they experience the toughest time of their lives

Therefore, Catherine wanted to give something back by running a marathon and raising as much money as she could to help them continue to help other families like hers who need to be by their seriously ill children.

Catherine said “Many of you will know that my training for this was started way before lockdown and although part of me has resigned myself to it all being over, I woke up one Saturday with a bit of a crazy idea to see if I could actually achieve it on my own.”

After a gruelling 4 hours, Catherine had done it and there to support her was her little cheering squad!

Catherine has been blown away by everyone’s generous donations and support. It really did inspire her to complete it on her own. If you would like to find out more or donate to this fantastic cause, please click here.

Catherine has achieved something truly incredible for charity and we could not be prouder of our staff who take part in charitable causes up and down the country!



Due to the current situation, our North team have tried to come up with alternative ways to hold our youth groups so the children still have the vital communication between each other at this time. Hence, the creation of a WhatsApp group.

This includes seven children who attend our youth group regularly and is monitored by staff. We felt that it was really important to set some ground rules for the group from the beginning. This included no abusive language and only using the group during arranged and planned times.

Our children’s support workers hold evening sessions to offer advice and support. The first WhatsApp group focused on the current situation and offered advice and support, such as the importance of hand washing and general hygiene and ideas of how they can keep occupied at home by baking and keeping fit.

Whilst some of our young people are completing work set by school at home. Others are still attending school as their foster carers are key workers. This has ensured that they continue to receive the support they need, without their education being affected too much.

So far, the group has been welcomed and the young people are active on the group and shared ideas and photos between themselves. It’s lovely to see they comforting each other. The group plan to meet every fortnight and play quizzes or bingo to keep spirits up during these challenging times!

Throughout lent, our Heywood office have been collecting essentials for their local food bank. The Heywood Food Bank is run by volunteers and supported by the Heywood SVP society. It plays a vital role in the community by handing out food parcels to those most in need.

Foodbanks are grassroots, community organisations aimed at supporting people who cannot afford the essentials and unfortunately due to the coronavirus pandemic, stocks at this particular food bank and food banks across the country are at an all-time low.

The food donations were hand delivered recently and it was clear to see how hard the staff working in order to keep those most vulnerable fed.

Keep up the good work, you’re all doing amazing! 

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