20th Jan, 2019

Founder of Warwick-based charity recognised for hard work

THE FOUNDER of a charity which teaches life-saving skills while spreading a little happiness has been honoured.

Warwick-based Evelyn’s Gift was set up by Helen Smith in memory of her daughter Evelyn, who passed away suddenly in 2013 aged just seven.

And Helen’s work was recently recognised by the Rotary Club of Warwick which presented her with its Meritorious Service Award.

Rotarian Jackie Crampton introduced Helen to the club as a remarkable young woman who has ensured her daughter Evelyn will be remembered by her will to help others.

She received a donation of £200 from the club towards the work of Evelyn’s Gift and offshoot charity Warwickshire Hearts, which has taught nearly 5,000 people CPR across the region.

Helen she set up the charity in 2014 to undertake ‘little acts of kindness’ for those in need, and to train as many people as possible in lifesaving CPR.

Kindness acts carried out by the charity have included garden makeovers at St Michael’s Hospital and Marloes Walk nursing home, deliveries of essentials and support to homeless shelters and refuges, and bereavement packs to schools.

President John Hibben expressed admiration for Helen’s tireless work on behalf of the community of Warwick, and presented her with a framed certificate and cheques for £200

Visit www.warwickshirehearts.org or search Evelyn’s Gift on Facebook.

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