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Russell WBHO step up to create new baby room

Stick ‘n’ Step, the charity which supports children with cerebral palsy across the North West, has unveiled a new baby room at its Runcorn centre.

The space is designed for parents with babies who have not reached expected milestones but are yet to be formally diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

The room was created thanks to volunteers from construction businesses, which completed the work pro bono. Russell WBHO, the contractor of the £30m Hartree Super Computing Centre at Sci-Tech Daresbury, delivered the internal alterations, including removing a wall and installing new flooring. Engineers from Sudlows carried out the electrical works and Prestwich Plastering skimmed the walls. Equipment was provided free of charge from ADS Recycling and Speedy Hire.

Jo Fowler, Corporate Fundraiser at Stick ‘n’ Step said: “On behalf of everyone at Stick ‘n’ Step, I’d like to say a huge thank you to all those that have helped make this new baby room possible. For the first time, we have the space to work with much younger children and intervene early, which is critical for those with neurological conditions. Through specialist sessions, we can help to increase the chance of improving children’s mobility as they grow older.”

Lee Mottram, senior project manager at Russell WBHO, added: “We nominated Stick ‘n’ Step as the charity we wanted to support throughout the construction of the Super Computing Centre.

“When we heard about the plans for the new baby room, we rallied our contacts to pull together a team that could help. The work was completed in five days, providing a valuable addition to Stick ‘n’ Step’s Runcorn centre, which we’re proud to have helped deliver.”

Russell WBHO’s involvement in the new baby room follows the completion of a 34-mile trek, which raised £4,603 for the charity. The challenge saw eight Russell WBHO team members complete the Sandstone Trail in an impressive 12 hours.

Exceeding a £3,000 target, the money will help cover the annual cost of a child’s place at Stick ‘n’ Step. Receiving no government funding, the charity relies on supporters and volunteers to help raise the £750,000 required to deliver its services to over 100 families from its centres in Wallasey and Runcorn.