Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Virtual gardening comp lift for pupils

- OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@reachplc.co.uk

CEREBRAL palsy charity Stick ‘n’ Step is promoting the joy of gardening by encouragin­g people to take part in its very own virtual gardening competitio­n for the second year running.

Sponsored by B& M Waste, the charity’s Let us Bloom campaign has the following categories:

l Children aged 14 and under - this could be a pot, a window box, bedding area or other imaginativ­e creation pot/hanging basket/unique planting container.

l Alternativ­e Garden, for those who do not have a garden and are making their balcony, yard, outside area or alternativ­e space beautiful.

To enter the competitio­n, entrants need to submit a photo of their gardening project. Entries cost £5 and all money raised will go to supporting the work of Stick ‘n’ Step.

Following a prize draw, the winner of each category will receive a £50 gardening centre voucher, thanks to sponsors B&M Waste.

The closing date for entries is Friday, August 27 and the winners will be announced on Monday, August 30.

Sarah Smithson, operations manager at Stick ‘n’ Step, said: “We would love to see your fabulous garden creations and receive your entries to our Let Us Bloom 2021 campaign.

“Here at Stick ‘n’ Step, our children have been working hard on their planting for the outside areas at both our centres, with some fabulous results. Stick’n’Step would like to thank the sponsor of this campaign, B&M Waste, for its continued support.”

Stick ‘n’ Step offers support services to children with cerebral palsy and their families. The charity provides the children with totally free of charge conductive education sessions, allowing them to gain the skills they need to live more independen­t lives.

More than 100 children from across the region usually attend these sessions weekly or twice weekly at the charity’s centres based in Runcorn, Wallasey and Wirral.

 ??  ?? ● Charlotte, nine, learns how to plant flowers, which is useful in helping youngsters with their fine motor skills
● Charlotte, nine, learns how to plant flowers, which is useful in helping youngsters with their fine motor skills
 ??  ?? ● Olivia aged 10
● Olivia aged 10

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