Helen Fitzgerald Larkin MBE DL DSG
Helen was born and brought up in Ireland the child of an equestrian family; she became the Irish Show Jumping Champion and also excelled in other sports and was part of the Inter-schools Hockey Championship side. Helen suffered a serious accident at 16 years of age that curtailed both her sporting and working career but over the past thirty years, she has been given practical help and support to people from many different cultures and backgrounds with their social, health and personal problems. This has given a ‘voice’ to numerous individuals who have enjoyed a better way and quality of life.
Helen has spent many years fundraising benefitting many local charities, specifically securing funds to provide a Cancer Laser Machine for Manchester Royal Infirmary, the of it kind in Central Manchester. This machine helps in treating cancerous and benign tumours in children and adults without the use of surgery.
Helen is a Trustee and Council Member, and also a Member of the Finance Board, of Disabled Living, a Member of PromoCon Steering Group Committee and a regular guest speaker addressing medical and architectural students at conferences and voluntary organisations in the UK and wider Europe.
She maintains her love of music and has sung in many prestigious venues such as St Peter’s Basilica, Rome and she was a violinist at the London Royal Academy as well as the Irish Academy.
Helen’s work in the community has been recognized in many different ways and she has been Catholic Woman of the Year; Cheshire Woman of the Year; she was awarded a special award by the Irish Ambassodr for services to Great Britain and has received a special civic award from her home city of Kilkenny. In 1989 Helen received an OBE and the following year she was created a Dame of St Gregory by Pope John Paul II.
Helen became a Deputy Lieutenant in 2001.