Susan remembered her Grandmother, Esther “Essie” Marks, had a long association with Jewish Child’s Day and had been the chairman of the Jewish Child’s Day North West Committee during the 1960s and ’70s. The Shaws contacted us to help them facilitate donations from the estate to some projects in Israel, which we did. Then they asked us if there were any projects we felt could benefit from their support in the UK and one seemed particularly appropriate.
Jewish Child’s Day had been approached by the Manchester Federation of Jewish Services, for funding for specialised toys and music equipment for their Heathlands children’s centre. The centre offers support to children with special needs or disabilities, children at risk of neglect or abuse, or living through a crisis such as the illness of a parent. In addition benefit, the centre provides much needed respite for the children’s families or foster carers.
The Shaws were delighted by the opportunity to fund a project in Manchester and the donation they made in memory of Betty, who had no children of her own, helps hundreds of children every year. Simon and Susan were able to visit the Heathland’s centre to see for themselves how the money had been spent. They met with the management team, staff and volunteers and got to play with some of the children who benefited from their generosity, including Moshe. Moshe can’t speak and uses basic signs to communicate, but the smile on his face as he presented Mr. and Mrs. Shaw with hand-made thank you gifts said it all!