Rainbow House, Mawdesley nr Ormskirk is thanking its small army of volunteers as the

nation celebrates National Volunteers Week at the beginning of June.

It is one of the many charities who benefit from the help of volunteers who span all ages

and without whom they would not be able to continue their work supporting children and

young people with neurological and physical disabilities,

Two of their current volunteers are Karen Macpherson from Chorley and Rose Heron from

Burscough. Karen has been both a volunteer Trustee/Director and a volunteer in the

office where she looks after the customer relations database since 2012. Her son, Alex,

who is now 12 has been supported by Rainbow House since he was 2 ½ years old.

Alex was not breathing when he was born and suffered from oxygen starvation which

lead to quadriplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy and learning difficulties. Although his parents

were told it was unlikely he would ever be able to sit, walk, talk or eat, with the help

of conductive education, he has achieved so much more than he was supposed to and

surprised everyone.

Karen said, “I volunteer because I want to give something back to the charity that has

helped Alex and our family so much and ensure that it remains successful for all the

other children who benefit as well. Being able to help this charity that really does

change lives and help children and young people achieve their potential is really

worthwhile and I hope many other people will join us.”


Rose Heron, whose career was in teaching, has been a volunteer for just over a year

and helps on reception where she greets parents and children, answers the telephone and

helps with paperwork.

She originally saw an article in her local paper when she had some spare time after taking

early retirement as a Learning Support Manager at Cardinal Newman College to look after

her father.

Rose said that it is a pleasure to be at Rainbow House which has a lovely atmosphere

to work in and volunteering is definitely worthwhile if anyone has any time to spare they

would be made welcome. She said, “I have spent my whole life working with

children and I cannot see myself ever doing anything that does not involve children and

offering the support they need.”


Volunteer Co-ordinator, Tracy Daglish, from Whittle le Woods, Chorley is responsible

for recruiting new volunteers and organising everyone to support the events and work of

the charity. She originally worked as an administrator for Rainbow House five years ago and

set up Friends of Rainbow House – the first volunteer group. Her special needs daughter

attended Rainbow House for many years and Tracy returned last year as Volunteer


Tracy said, “Rainbow House is a very special place and the benefits for the children and

parents are enormous as I know from my own experience. We are so grateful to all of

our volunteers and hope that more will join us especially anyone who can help with

fund raising and our special events like the Rainbow Ramble.”

Ben Blackman, Chief Executive, Rainbow House, said “Our thanks go to our volunteers

all year round but in National Volunteers Week we would like to publicly thank them for

their contribution which is of enormous value to us and we really appreciate their time and

commitment. Without their help we could not continue to deliver and expand the services

we offer to support children and young people with neurological and physical conditions.”

Many of the parents whose children attend Rainbow House also help with a range of

activities from organising fundraising events to wrapping presents and prizes, filling goody

bags and making goods to sell at the Christmas Fair and the Board of Trustees and Chair,

former Chief Constable Pauline Clare CBE, are all volunteers.

If anyone is interested in volunteering and would like more information, they can ring

01704 823276 or email t.daglish@thelegacy-rainbowhousecom or visit the web site


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