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Helsby PWA present 382nd chair!

THE Powered Wheelchair Appeal from Helsby Golf Club recently held another fantastic fundraising Chinese Banquet evening at the Fortune Palace in Delamere Forest.

Around 100 club members, friends and supporters attended and saw the 382nd chair presented by the registered charity to Emily Jayne Coulthard, from Morecambe.

The 12-year-old received a wheelchair from the appeal, which has Peter Alliss as a nationwide patron, six and a half years ago and since then has loved using the chair but has now outgrown it. She attends Our Ladies Catholic College in Lancaster and when not at school, she enjoys wheelchair basketball and swimming and her sporting hero is Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds.

Emily was accompanied on the night by her parents John and Janet and brother James and is looking forward to the further independence her new chair will bring.

Also in attendance were president of the Ellesmere Port and District Lions, Margaret Marsh and two committee members Malcolm and Rob. “The Lions are great supporters of the appeal and it was good to have them with us,” said the appeal’s secretary Penny Ainsworth.

“We were also delighted to welcome on the night Nicola and Andrew Bird and their twin sons Justin and Tristan. Justin received a chair from us back in 2006 and it has made an enormous difference to his life and since then, he has gone from strength to strength. The Bird family once again thanked everyone connected with the appeal for their support which has made such a difference to all their lives,” she added.

After the presentation of the chair, attendees enjoyed a superb banquet. Members and friends took part in a quiz, enjoyed a raffle, resulting in a total of just over £1,000 raised on the night – this included a donation from Pat and the Fortune Palace team.

The appeal’s next fundraiser is a Race Night at Helsby Golf Club on Saturday, March 2. Anyone wishing to attend can email

Pictured at the Fortune Palace with Emily Jayne Coulthard (from left) are Helsby Golf Club lady captain Barbara Prince, brother James, mum Janet and dad John Coulthard, club president Peter Duffy, captain Graham Poland and PWA committee member Roddy Snedden.