Kids club runs out of cash

A CLUB for schoolchildren may be forced to turn away youngsters with special needs as it is running out of funding.

Castle Kids Club at The Campus in Weston was set up in 2006 to provide breakfast and after-school sessions for youngsters at Herons’ Moor Primary and Baytree School.

Based at the Highlands Lane flagship development in Locking Castle, the club means children can be collected at the end of the school day and then socialise with others under supervision.

So far the club has relied on grants to pay for the extra care the Baytree pupils need, but that cash is running dry.

Club chairman Paul Hillman said: “We charge parents the going rate, which is OK when it comes to the Herons’ Moor children, but that alone does not cover the extra care the Baytree students need.

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“It costs about �5-6,000 a year to run the club and although we will continue for Herons’ Moor pupils, it may have to close by the summer for the ones from Baytree unless we find further funding. The club provides respite for parents of Baytree children and for their children it means they can socialise with mainstream youngsters.”

Weston and Woodspring Rotary Clubs are busy trying to help the club at the moment.

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There will be a fundraising musical evening at The Campus on Saturday at 7pm.

Tickets, priced �2.50-5, are available on the door or in advance on 01934 411855.

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