Lynn honoured for going little bit extra to support local community

Lynn McManus who has won the Halifax Giving Extra Award for going above and beyond for others in her community. Picture by onEdition.
Lynn McManus who has won the Halifax Giving Extra Award for going above and beyond for others in her community. Picture by onEdition.

A mother who has helped disabled children in her community has been honoured for her selfless work.

Lynn McManus, of North Shields, is one of 67 local winners in the Halifax Giving Extra Award.

Lynn, who was nominated by her daughter Joanna Handyside, was recognised by the local panel of the Halifax Giving Extra Awards for her unstinting work for children with additional needs in her community.

Lynn has been fostering children for 17 years, and in that time has looked after more than 40 children and has adopted four of them.

She also set up the charity Pathways 4 All to provide activities and support for children with special needs in the local area, raising close to £1m to renovate a derelict building in Benton and create the Tim Lamb Children’s Centre.

Lynn said: “I am delighted to have won this award, and I am so thankful that my daughter Joanna took the time to nominate me.”

Sue Smith, community ambassador for Halifax Bank Tyneside, said: “Halifax received thousands of nominations nation-wide, so we’re delighted that Lynn has won a Halifax Giving Extra Award in Tyneside.

“The work she has done for the community is outstanding and truly deserves the recognition.”

Each winner will receive £300 in bonus bond vouchers. The national winner, announced later this month, will receive a further £2,500 in bonus bond vouchers and a £2,500 donation to a good cause of their choice.

David Nicholson, group director at Halifax Community Bank, said: “We believe that we should recognise and celebrate people like Lynn who are catalysts for positive and lasting change.

“We’re proud to give extra back to a worthy winner with this award.”

For more visit www.halifax.co.uk/givingextraawards