Appeal success for Sheffield kids’ group

Children and volunteers from the Breathe of Fresh Air autism group in Sheffield.
Children and volunteers from the Breathe of Fresh Air autism group in Sheffield.
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Youngsters at a disabled children’s group in Sheffield will be having fun with hundreds of pounds’ worth of games following a donation from a city charity.

The Breath of Fresh Air group had been loaned a parachute for children to play with during its weekly sessions and holiday clubs – but following the grant from Help A Child Have A Chance, the group will be able to invest in its own colourful canvas.

The organisation, run by Autism Plus, has been presented with a cheque for £250 as part of the 12 Days of Christmas appeal, in association with The Star.

The charity has teamed up with The Star to offer needy young people across the region the chance to receive a share of £10,000.

Nominations flooded in following an appeal last month and the recipients of the cash are now being revealed.

The donation to Breath of Fresh Air will also pay for a collection of outdoor games including snake and ladders, noughts and crosses and a giant garden bowling set.

The group, for eight to 18-year-olds, meets at the Exchange Brewery in Sheffield and at Beanstalk Gardens, a horticultural site near Swallownest.

Project manager Zoe Cartwright said: “We are so excited about the funding. We’ve had a parachute on loan and the children love it. This means they will be able to play with it whenever they want.

“There are about 24 children in the group and they love being outside, but many don’t get the chance to spend time in outdoor spaces which is why we do lots of work with them on the farm so they can interact with nature. We don’t have anything like this and we are so grateful.”

For more information or to support the charity, email or Help a child have a chance

n See The Star tomorrow for another 12 Days of Christmas winner.