Pudsey Bear pays visit to see where charity cash goes

Twins (l-r) Leo Becker (12) and Tom Becker (12) with Pudsey at Enable Ability's Autumn Specialist Play scheme at Redwood Park School in Cosham.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143071-4848)
Twins (l-r) Leo Becker (12) and Tom Becker (12) with Pudsey at Enable Ability's Autumn Specialist Play scheme at Redwood Park School in Cosham.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143071-4848)
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Pudsey Bear paid a visit to children in Portsmouth who benefit from funding from Children in Need.

Enable Ability supports children with severe disabiilities, running a club every Saturday and throughout the holidays.

The charity gets more than £27,000 over a three year period from Children in Need.

It provides different activities to keep children entertained and also to help them progress. They also sometimes go out and about on trips.

Richard Soutar, manager of Enable Ability, said: ‘We do a survey of parents every year and ask them how they feel the children have developed.

‘We get a lot of positive feedback about how they have progressed.

‘It takes a lot of pressure of the families.

‘We get feedback from families who say they would break down and not cope if they didn’t have that level of respite for their children because the pressures are just too great.’

The funding provided by Children in Need covers around a third of the costs.

Mr Soutar added: ‘They really enjoy themselves. They learn social skills.

They get time out with friends outside of a school environment and they do learn things.’

This year’s Children in Need takes place on Friday, November 14.

The annual fundraiser sees people across the country take part in activities to raise money for grants to support disadvantaged children and young people.