Disabled forum gets cash boost to support project

Sarah Little, 11, Nick Carter, an operating technician at P&G, centre manager Ian Dixon, and Sarah's mum Marie.

Sarah Little, 11, Nick Carter, an operating technician at P&G, centre manager Ian Dixon, and Sarah's mum Marie.

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A CHARITY that helps young people with special needs has received a cash boost.

Blyth Valley Disabled Forum received £1,000 to support its ‘After School Project’, which helps local children aged between eight and 12 who have disabilities ranging from learning difficulties to autism.

The money was raised by employees from P&G’s manufacturing plant in Seaton Delaval, and will enable the Blyth-based charity to continue running its weekly activities club where the children take part in arts and crafts, nature walks, as well as visits to the Northumberland Toy Library in Ashington and the Pegasus Centre in Morpeth.

The donation will mean that all of the children can be offered transport to and from their homes in the charity’s mini-bus.

One parent who finds the organisation a huge help is Marie Little, mother of 11-year-old Sarah, who has autism and a heart defect.

Marie said: “Blyth Valley Disabled Forum is a Godsend to parents of children with special needs. Sarah has been going to the club since she was six.

“It allows her to interact with other children outside the bubble of school and gives parents like me a chance to spend a few hours running errands, safe in the knowledge that Sarah is well cared for.”

Nick Carter, operating technician working at P&G, said: “The donation from P&G has made a significant difference to the children who come to the activities club.

“If it wasn’t for funding from organisations such as P&G, the disabled forum would struggle to maintain the level of support to families in Blyth.”