NEWBURY-BASED children’s charity Swings and Smiles has secured a significant boost to its fundraising efforts, thanks to a £330,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
The cash boost means that the charity can continue running its recreational Phoenix Resource Centre – where the charity is based – for families with special needs children, for the foreseeable future.
Swings & Smiles, which opened its doors in June 2014, now has more than 250 families registered.
The centre provides an environment where children and young people with special needs and their carers or families can play together without the pressures often experienced in wider community settings.
The grant will go towards the running costs of the facility to ensure the continuation of this incredibly valuable service.
The founder of Swings & Smiles, Sian Cook, said: “I can’t describe the pleasure we have seeing families visit us on a regular basis and watching the children and their parents benefit from their time with us.
“This is what I set out to achieve in 2007 and it is wonderful to see it come to fruition and to know we are helping to enrich their lives.
“Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund we now know we are able to continue to offer this essential service for years to come.
“Their endorsement gives us tremendous credibility and provides us with a secure platform on which to build for the future.”