All the fun of the fair for free to children at
the Rainbow Centre

(l-r) Emily McGiven (8) and sister Lottie McGiven (6) enjoy a fairground ride at Stubbington Fayre recently. Now youngsters helped by the Rainbow Centre in Fareham are to enjoy similar fun. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132359-961)

(l-r) Emily McGiven (8) and sister Lottie McGiven (6) enjoy a fairground ride at Stubbington Fayre recently. Now youngsters helped by the Rainbow Centre in Fareham are to enjoy similar fun. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132359-961)

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YOUNGSTERS who are helped by a charity for children with cerebral palsy are to get the private run of a funfair when it comes to town.

Charles Coles, who is running the funfair at Cams Alders in Fareham made the offer to the Rainbow Centre, which is also based at the site.

Children from the centre will get the chance to try out all the rides at a session exclusively for them tomorrow afternoon.

Sarah Guild, events fundraiser for the charity, said: ‘We are lucky that so many people do invite the children to take part in activities, it makes them feel special and it makes them feel like part of the community.

‘We are one of Fareham’s homegrown charities so it is important for us to be part of that community as well.

‘And who doesn’t like a funfair? We will have one right on our door step, and the organiser has been kind enough to let us come along and enjoy it for free.

‘It’s nice for the parents of our children too because they trust us at the Rainbow Centre and this is something that couldn’t be more convenient.’

Mr Coles was originally refused permission for funfairs in Titchfield and next to Fareham Leisure Centre by Fareham Borough Council.

But he was given permission for an event at Cams when he made a further application.

He said: ‘We are a community funfair, we do things like this at lots of places but we don’t do it for the publicity. It’s something we can give back for the children.

‘We used to be in Fareham and Titchfield, but for the last seven or eight years, they have said “no”.

‘I’m hoping the council will see how we operate and we can do more in the future.’

The funfair opens to the public this evening and runs until Sunday.

Entry will be £6.99 for a two-hour session.

Sessions run from 5pm to 7pm today and tomorrow, 2pm to 4pm and 4pm to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday with a 7pm to 9pm session on Saturday.

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