Charity champion Marjorie Hurst to meet Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall (From St Helens Star)
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Charity champion Marjorie Hurst to meet Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall
1:00pm Friday 19th October 2012 in News
DESPITE being saluted for her role as a charity champion, Marjorie Hurst is quick to share any praise with those who have worked alongside her over the past 27 years.
Following the death in 1984 of their 12-year-old daughter Helen Marie from a brain tumour Marjorie and husband Arthur decided to dedicate themselves to helping sick and disabled children in St Helens.
Since 1985 the Helen Marie children’s charity has raised tens of thousands of pounds, purchasing equipment ranging from a fibre optic carpet and projector to a £15,000 caravan in north Wales.
Marjorie, 72, from Islands Brow, is one of 60 people across the north west, Yorkshire and Humber to be nominated as Diamond Champions for their selfless volunteer work.
At a regional panel this week in York 10 will be chosen to join 70 from across the UK at an event at St James’ Palace in London next month to meet the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Marjorie said: “I’m only one of plenty on our committee, and they all deserve the same recognition.
“Without all their hard work, especially that of my husband Arthur, I wouldn’t be able to do it. I appreciate that it’s the charity that has been recognised.
“At York I’m going to take things as they come. If it happens it happens.
“Without Arthur and the 10-strong committee I would never have got it off the ground.
“I would like them all to be recognised equally.”
Diamond Champions is run by the charity WRVS.