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DISADVANTAGED children are to benefit from £20,583 given to community and volunteer groups from a Portsmouth City Community Fund.

The 12 initiatives will receive grants for sporting and educational projects and excursions.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation chief executive, Toni Shaw, said: ‘Areas of Portsmouth are among the most deprived 10 per cent in England.

‘The Portsmouth City Community Fund has been awarding money to mainly support disadvantaged children and families in the city, helping the next generation to improve their lives and their neighbourhoods.’

Groups to get funding include the Landport Adventure Playground Parent Association and the Haslar Visitors’ Group, which helps asylum seekers and refugees.

Landport association deputy site leader Holly Foxwell said: ‘We are very grateful for this resource and it really helps us increase the positive contributions to our local community, children and young people.’