Young carers charity thanks Go Kids Go!

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 June 2014

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A ‘HUGE difference’ was made to a children’s charity thanks to Go Kids Go! cash.

Sky, Harry and Lucy with Heidi Every, Gael Rowan, Wendy Britt and Al Atkinson and the equipment funded by Go Kids Go!Sky, Harry and Lucy with Heidi Every, Gael Rowan, Wendy Britt and Al Atkinson and the equipment funded by Go Kids Go!

Crossroads Young Carers, a group which supports youngsters who look after their relatives, has thanked the giveaway after it was awarded £1,300 to help with a New Horizons scheme.

Last week the Mercury re-launched Go Kids Go! – in partnership with Weston Lions Club - for a third year to help groups aiming to get children active this summer. The money has grown this year from £10,000 to £12,000 thanks to a number of companies from in and around the town adding to the cash pot.

Heidi Every, the charity’s care service manager, said money awarded last year enabled the team to replenish its play equipment and buy more.

She said: “The programme runs continuously throughout the year and helps children from the age of eight to 25.

Sky, Harry and Lucy with Heidi Every, Gael Rowan, Wendy Britt and Al Atkinson and the equipment funded by Go Kids Go!Sky, Harry and Lucy with Heidi Every, Gael Rowan, Wendy Britt and Al Atkinson and the equipment funded by Go Kids Go!

“The equipment we bought encourages them to get up, move around and it encourages team building - all important for their social skills. We also bought lots of arts and crafts supplies with the money and the children have entered various competitions. It makes a huge difference. It is the difference between me being able to say yes or no to a request – now I can say yes.”

If you run a community group that encourages sport or wellbeing for young people, is based within the postcode areas BS22, BS23, BS24 or BS25 and is a registered club, charity or not-for-profit organisation you can apply for a grant.

The grants could be used for schemes or items such as new training equipment, clubhouse improvements, playgroup equipment or kits, shirts and bats. Presentations will be held at the Weston Lions’ real ale festival on the Beach Lawns from July 25-27 and is now in its seventh year.

For more information on the event visit www.westonlionsrealalefestival.org.uk

n To apply for a grant as part of Go Kids Go! visit www.westonmercury.co.uk to download an application form or pick one up from the Mercury office.

When you have completed the form, send it to Go Kids Go!, The Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW or hand it in at our office. The deadline for applications is July 4 and the winners will be announced in the Mercury.

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