Families enjoyed a fun day out at Rainbow House on Saturday 13th July 2019 when they

celebrated the achievements of the children at the Annual Awards. Progress, independence

and confidence were just a few of the words used about the development of children attending

conductive education at the charity based in Mawdesley.

Winner of the top award, the Will Moreland Cup, was Paul Thompson, 18 from Winstanley

Wigan, who has been attending Rainbow House since he was 4 years old.  He was a worthy

winner who had an incredible year of pushing himself and trying his best at everything

especially his walking. Paul is pictured with his sister, Rosie Garside, and Tony Grimshaw OBE,

from the Duchy of Lancashire Benevolent Fund,  who presented the award.

Christopher Hardman, 16, from Burscough won The Cochrane Award for Courage. Christopher

suffers from a unique genetic mutation which affects the energy production in his cells

and is unable to move, speak or swallow without taking drugs normally prescribed to adults with

 Parkinson’s disease.  He has been attending Rainbow House since he was 2 years old and won the

award for his courage over the last year when he has been in and out of hospital but he still wanted

to go to his sessions at Rainbow House and see his friends.  Christopher is pictured with his mum,

Natalie Hardman.

Hayley Scholes, Head of Operations, Rainbow House, said “It was wonderful to see all the

family enjoying themselves and all of our children are stars and received certificates for their

achievements but Paul and Christopher were worthy winners of the two top awards  

awards.  All of the children work very hard and the awards reflect this and create a sense of pride

which means a lot to everyone involved.”

She continued, “Our thanks go to everyone involved in organising the event and especially to

Tony Grimshaw from the Duchy of Lancashire for coming to present the awards.”

In addition to the Awards, families, which included mums, dads, siblings and grandparents, could

enjoy a bouncy castle, ice cream, outdoor adventure area,  buffet laid on by the parents, tea and

coffee served by volunteers from Eccleston WI, and the chance to see Lightning McQueen which

was much admired especially by the fathers attending!! The car was designed by owner, Mick

Croskery and featured in the Pixar film “Cars.”

Natalie & Christopher Hardman

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