Our wonderful founder, Helen Arkell, would have been 100 years old this week. Helen set up the charity in 1971, being highly dyslexic herself. She spent many years battling to ensure dyslexia was taken seriously by the world of education and the general public. Hers is a wonderful story of triumph over adversity.
Helen received an MBE in 1999 for her work in dyslexia and further royal recognition followed in 2003 when she was honoured as a Pioneer to the Life of the Nation at a Buckingham Palace reception.
Helen really understood the people she set out to help. ‘’Since I’ve come to understand dyslexia I’ve felt much the most important thing is not the reading or spelling but the knock to the confidence.’’
People with dyslexia continue to benefit from the charity’s support, advice and expertise.
Read more about Helen’s legacy here and do get in touch if we can help.