TWOPENCE TO CROSS THE MERSEY
Twopence To Cross The Mersey has formed part of the National Schools Curriculum for over 25 years. The story gives an insight of what life in Britain was like before we had a decent welfare system or National Health Service. We take these things for granted nowadays but in the pre-war years, if one was ill and couldn't afford to visit a doctor, the outcome was often very bleak. The story is one of determination & grit. Helen fought and won her right to an education and, despite everything that happened to her, she went on to become a hugely successful writer.
The message to students is clear; 'If Helen could succeed - then so can I'.