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A CHARITY which helps women facing a crisis pregnancy has been able to expand its work thanks to a £7,000 grant from a pharmaceutical company.

Pfizer has given CedarOak the cash to take its work into more schools.

CedarOak has provided sex education lessons to secondary schools in Gosport and Fareham for nine years.

CedarOak said that in this area around one in 25 teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 17 becomes pregnant.

Kathy Webling, teacher at Brune Park Community School, Gosport, said: ‘We’re confident the lessons help the students to make healthy choices with regards to sex, and gives them the confidence to seek appropriate support.

‘Using an outside agency means students gain vital information about support services and they usually find it less embarrassing to discuss sensitive subjects with a visitor rather than a teacher.’

Judith Anns, from CedarOak, said ‘We are excited that the grant will allow us to expand into more schools.

‘We are sure that this will impact on the numbers of teenage pregnancies in our area and improve the quality of life for many people’.