International accolade for North Shields charity champion

North Shields foster carer Lynn McManus.

North Shields foster carer Lynn McManus.

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A North Shields foster carer has been given an international accolade for her efforts to help children with special needs over the last 15 years.

Lynn McManus, founder of the Benton-based Pathways 4 All charity, has been given a Points of Light award by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Lynn’s achievements include helping open the Tim Lamb Centre, a specialist play centre for children and young people with disabilities, at Rising Sun Country Park in 2012.

The 55-year-old, a mother of ten and a grandmother of five, is the latest recipient of a Points of Light award, given out daily to recognise volunteers helping change their communities for the better or inspiring others.

Lynn had the idea of opening the Tim Lamb Centre after hearing that vacant buildings were on offer to community organisations, and she then went on to lead the challenge of raising the £400,000 needed to build and kit out the facility.

She enlisted the former Coronation Street actress Denise Welch as a patron of Pathways 4 All to help raise its profile.

Mr Cameron said: “Lynn’s work over more than 15 years has made a massive impact on the lives of hundreds of children and their families across North Shields.

“She is a truly inspiring volunteer who, through her actions, has inspired and rallied others into giving their time and money to the cause, making her a thoroughly deserving winner of the Points of Light award”.

Lynn is the 516th winner of a Points of Light award, an initiative developed in partnership with a similar programme in the US established by ex-president George W Bush.