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Get on board Springboard Opportunity Group’s campaign – children’s charity needs your help to keep going

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 April 2017

Staff and children celebrating their 'outstanding' Ofsted at Ashcombe Children's Centre.

Staff and children celebrating their 'outstanding' Ofsted at Ashcombe Children's Centre.

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A Weston charity which supports families with disabled children is launching a campaign so it can secure its future and prevent the closure of one of its centres.

Oliver with Sarah from Springboard. Oliver's mum is running the London Marathon on Sunday. Oliver with Sarah from Springboard. Oliver's mum is running the London Marathon on Sunday.

Springboard Opportunity Group, which has a base at the children’s centre in Stepping Stone Walk and another on the Bournville estate, has been running for more than 30 years.

It helps more than 100 children every week who have physical disabilities and communication difficulties, and those on the autistic spectrum.

The charity, like many others across Weston, is facing an uncertain future as a result of possible funding cuts.

Charity bosses expect it will have reduced funding this year which will impact the number of children and families it can support.

Simon Cassidy, deputy operations manager, and Jon Godden, area operations manager, present a cheque for £3500 to the Springboard Opportunity Group, Clevedon. Simon Cassidy, deputy operations manager, and Jon Godden, area operations manager, present a cheque for £3500 to the Springboard Opportunity Group, Clevedon.

There are also fears Springboard may have to close one of its three centres, which includes two in Weston and one in Clevedon.

Ann Ramsay, joint chief executive of the charity, said: “Funding reductions will have considerable impact on the number of children and families we can support.

“One in 16 children in North Somerset has additional needs of some kind.

“It will mean a review of the service we offer, staffing levels and intake.

“That is why we are launching our #GetOnBoard campaign, to secure the future of Springboard.”

Springboard has supported almost 3,000 children since it was launched.

It employs 40 members of staff and is supported by 35 volunteers.

Its #GetOnBoard campaign has been set up to encourage people to fundraise for Springboard.

There are business sponsorship opportunities, and people are being asked to donate directly to the charity, or get sponsored for doing some kind of activity.

The campaign is being supported by its patrons, which include Weston actor Rupert Graves.

The next fundraising event will be a cake sale and raffle at the For All Healthy Living Centre, in Lonsdale Avenue, on the Bournville estate, from 10am-3pm on Tuesday.

To support the campaign, visit Springboard’s #GetOnBoard JustGiving page.

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