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PLAY schemes and activities for children with disabilities or terminal illnesses are set to benefit from grants worth more than £100,000.

Cllr Roy Perry, the man in charge of Hampshire’s children’s services, has approved £120,349 to support youngsters and their families.

Beneficiaries include Wessex Children’s Hospice Trust, which will receive £26,177 to fund arts and crafts, outdoor play, music and entertainment for terminally sick youngsters.

The Kids charity is also in line for £16,241 to run short-break provision for children under five in Fareham and Gosport.

SCARF – supporting special children and their relatives and friends – stands to receive £8,912 to offer regular Saturday multi-sports clubs until March 2012.

And £28,036 has been awarded to support individual disabled children and young people to access leisure and recreation activities where specific specialist equipment or support is needed.

Cllr Perry said: ‘I am very pleased to award these grants. It is vital that children and young people with disabilities have opportunities to access leisure and recreational activities.

‘Parents and carers have helped to shape the services which these grants will fund through their involvement in the assessment of applications at the grant scrutiny panel.

‘We know these services are valued by families.’

To find out more visit the Hampshire County Council website. Alternatively call 01962 846399 or email shortbreaks@hants.gov.uk.