Grants to schemes for disabled youngsters

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PLAY and holiday schemes for disabled youngsters have benefited from thousands of pounds of cash handouts.

Councillor Roy Perry, in charge of children’s services for Hampshire County Council, agreed £120,349 of grants across the county.

Among those set to benefit are Naomi House, the Wessex Children’s Hospice Trust, which was awarded £26,177 to fund play activities for children with life-limiting conditions, and Kids, which received £16,241 to run short breaks for children under-five in Fareham and Gosport.

Cllr Perry said: ‘It’s vital that children and young people with disabilities have opportunities to access leisure and recreational activities as do non-disabled children and young people.

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

‘We know these services are much valued by children and their families.’

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