Stick’n’Step chief executive Amy Couture shortlisted for honour

THE chief executive of a charity helping children with cerebral palsy is shortlisted for a prestigious honour.

Amy Couture, from Wallasey and Runcorn-based Stick 'n' Step, is in the running for Director of the year Third Sector category in the prestigious IoD North West & Isle of Man Director of the Year Awards.

The prestigious annual awards represent "the pinnacle of leadership and business excellence".

Every year, directors from a diverse range of regional businesses are recognised for the significant contribution they make to society and enterprise.

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Stick ‘n’ Step offers support services to children with cerebral palsy and their families from across the North West.

It provides the children with totally free of charge conductive education sessions, allowing them to gain the skills they need to live more independent lives.

Since Amy Couture took over as chief executive in 2016, the charity has seen huge growth, doubling its capacity for the number of children and their families it supports.

On her place on the award's shortlist, Chair of Stick 'n' Step Rob Shorthouse, who is head of IT Architecture at Co-op, said: "Amy's dedication and commitment to increase capacity at Stick 'n' Step has enabled the charity to have a positive impact on the lives of even more children in the region.

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"She has built a fantastic team at Stick 'n' Step that we are all really proud to be part of.

"Even in the current, incredibly challenging situation the whole country is facing, Stick 'n' Step staff are continuing to provide ‘remote’ support to as many families as possible."

With the opening of the Runcorn centre in 2017, Stick ‘n’ Step now has places for over 100 children and young people, supported by 23 staff.

It costs on average £5,500 for every child’s place each year so raising awareness and fundraising is vitally important to the charity, all year round.