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As today is International Volunteer Day, we’d like to take the opportunity to recognise the incredible contributions of our volunteers and to thank them for their hard work over the years. We’re also thrilled to report that the charity has been put forward this year for the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

We rely on our volunteers to help with our fundraising for new medical equipment, and also with the delivery of our projects,  in particular our new volunteer-led Hummingbird Project to improve children’s mental health in schools. The Hummingbird Project currently has 16 volunteers from across Greater Manchester and Cheshire, and we will be recruiting more in future. In addition volunteers have played a key role in our PR and marketing, social media and administration.

Our longest serving volunteer is Elizabeth Stones (pictured), who has given fantastic support to the charity for the past 17 years. Elizabeth has taken part in a series of sponsored treks overseas, as well as delivering numerous talks to raise awareness of MedEquip4Kids within the community. She has personally raised an amazing £38,000 for children’s healthcare and we could not be more grateful for her dedication to our cause.

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“The switch adapted toys have been a wonderful addition to our school. Both staff and children were thrilled to have some new exciting resources. The children love the lights and movement many of these switch toys have and are highly motivated to explore and investigate how to make them work. They have been great for pupils to develop their understanding of cause and effect and we have also noticed improved concentration and engagement when using them. Often it can be difficult to find toys that are robust enough to withstand lots of heavy use AND be interesting and fun. These new resources tick all those boxes. They have made a noticeable impact on the children’s development in this area.”

Sophie Martindale
Acorns Primary School, Lancashire

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