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Hub’s activities for children get a funding boost

Peswood Community Hub has received a �10,000 grant from BBC Children in Need (left to right) Amber Stewart, Valentina Peddis, Vice Chair Tom Graham and Max Dodds.
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Peswood Community Hub has received a �10,000 grant from BBC Children in Need (left to right) Amber Stewart, Valentina Peddis, Vice Chair Tom Graham and Max Dodds. REF 1808144575

Young people in a county village are enjoying an action-packed few weeks after a community facility was awarded a major grant.

Pegswood Community Hub has received £10,000 from BBC Children in Need. The money will be spent on various weekly and one-off activities over the next 12 months.

Allocations will be made to the Monday evening drama group, Tuesday and Wednesday evening after-school groups, which includes collecting some of the children from the local first school, and the Wednesday evening dance groups for four to eight-year-olds and nine to 14-year-olds.

In addition, there will be new events during the main school holidays and half-term activity days and some existing events in the diary will get extra funds.

Peter Stonell, chairman of trustees at Pegswood Community Hub said: “This grant will greatly benefit so many children and give them the support they need. We’re delighted that we can provide even more activities and trips and boost our weekly groups for children.

“We could not offer this range of opportunities to children in Pegswood without the support of BBC Children in Need.”

Some of the money has been allocated to the current summer holidays and the trustees have put together an exciting programme.

Two arts, crafts and games days and a trip to Beamish have already taken place and young children will be going on a trip to Ridley Park in Blyth on Tuesday.

Attendance at each of the activities and events at the hub varies between 15 and 40 children and, when appropriate, their parents.

The grant marks a big turnaround for the facility because the trustees were concerned at the start of the year that it would not have the money it needed to run its regular sessions – it also runs activities and groups for adults.

But the hub resolved the issues over its grant application to Pegswood Parish Council and it received funding for its core services for 2014/15. It was then awarded £10,500 from the Potland Burn Community Trust Fund to renew the toilets.

People across the UK raised £31.1million before and on the 2013 BBC Children in Need appeal night and the charity has since announced that this total increased to a record-breaking £49.6million.

 

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