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DESPITE the blow to their campaign, Hampshire mums have vowed to keep fighting to save Sure Start children’s centres.

Kate Reynolds and Catherine Ovenden, co-founders of Save Our Children’s Centres (SOCC) Hampshire, failed to win over councillors who went ahead with proposals to cut the budget towards centres by almost 40 per cent.

But they have pledged to keep up the pressure and are urging more parents to sign their online petition.

Kate, 32, said: ‘It’s not over yet. We want to ask for an extended consultation period so we can work with children’s services and children’s centres to find a better alternative that will not affect services.’

The council is proposing cutting the number of children’s centres from 81 to 53, and tendering clusters of centres to third party providers.

Kate hopes to have a meeting with education chief Cllr Roy Perry this Wednesday, ahead of the consultation deadline on March 14. The petition is available at