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Rocester childrens club for the disabled receives £22k

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A HOLIDAY club for children with special needs and disabilities has been awarded more than £22,000 to allow the club to open four days a week during school holidays as well as purchasing much-needed resources for the sensory room.

Rakemark Respite, a unique holiday club for children with special needs and disabilities, has been awarded £20,183 from Staffordshire County Council’s Aiming High scheme and East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Grant Aid scheme which is a ‘welcome boost’ to their ongoing fund-raising to sustain the service.

The club, in High Street, Rocester, has also secured £2,000 from the Co-Op Community Fund.

The monies received will allow the club to open for four days per week during school holidays, as well as for six Saturday mornings between May and September.

It will also enable the club to purchase much needed resources and equipment for the sensory room and day trips and outings for the children.

Chairman of Rakemark Respite, Adrian Botterell said: “These two grants are fantastic news for the children and their families that attend our facility as it will allow us to increase our resources so that children will be stimulated and educated whilst having fun.

“It will help us provide every child with new pieces of equipment as well as outside trips providing them with a stimulating and fun experience. This year has seen our register grow to 57 children and this funding has come at the right time to provide the necessary support.”

Dave Leese, North Midlands Area Committee Chairperson, said: “Supporting local communities has been an inherent part of The Co-operative’s values and principles since the very beginning of the Co-operative Movement.

“We are particularly proud of the Community Fund, as it demonstrates how the generosity of our members can make a real difference in their local area.” More information is online at www.rakemarkrespite.co.uk

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