Helen Linforth was a legendary figure on the North East adoption scene for well over 35 years and ARC Adoption North East felt privileged and honoured that she agreed to be the first chair of our adoption panel. Sadly, as we were establishing as an agency and working towards needing to have our first panel meeting, Helen became seriously ill and tragically died on 24th June 2014.
Although Helen passed away without having taken on this influential role, she had already played a major part in the formation of ARC by providing sound advice and guidance as we prepared for registration as an adoption agency.
Throughout this process Helen kept us focused on the benefits and outcomes we could achieve for children as throughout her career she was a staunch advocate for children in the care system.
Knowing Helen wasn’t going to be with us in person to see the agency make a major contribution to the adoption field, we talked to her about launching a fund in her honour that would be there to support children placed for adoption for many years to come.
As usual Helen was able to guide us in the right direction and helped to determine what such a fund could be used for. She wanted it to be spent on children placed with families approved by ARC, but she also wanted it to be flexible and responsive. In her mind it should be used when a child required additional support, or would benefit from a social experience either individually or as part of a group.
One of her last wishes was that rather than provide flowers for her funeral, family, friends and colleagues could make donations to the fund and therefore get it off to a flying start.
If anyone wants to make a contribution now or in the future, donations can be made by cheque made out to “The Helen Linforth Children’s Fund” and sent to;
ARC Adoption North East
Unit 29, North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC),
Wearfield, Enterprise Park East, Sunderland,
or if you would prefer to donate via bank transfer please get in touch for details.
We hope to establish this venture as an ongoing cause so that Helen’s memory will live on and in doing so provide many children with opportunities that would otherwise pass them by.
If anyone wishes to fund raise for this cause on a regular basis we would be extremely grateful. Please call us or send us an e-mail if you would like to help in any way.
Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness
Helen Linforth Children’s Fund Update
Following Helen’s funeral we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people donating to the Helen Linforth Children’s Fund and I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone concerned. This has enabled the fund to get off to a tremendous start and now people are coming forward to pledge their support on an ongoing basis. Some people are setting up direct debits whilst others are considering participating in sponsored events to raise money for the fund. Helen would have been so proud.
We have enlisted support from one or two people who are prepared to form a small fund raising committee and they will help establish the fund as a viable support to children placed in adoptive placements through ARC Adoption North East.
In order to administer the fund and to make decisions about eligibility, a further group has been formed and they will consult with Helen’s family to seek their opinion.
As the fund grows and children begin to benefit, we will provide regular bulletins via the website.
Once again my sincere thanks to all who have contributed in any way at all and if anyone wishes to make a further contribution don’t hesitate in contacting us.