A £7,000 boost for youth club

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DELIGHTED parents have scooped £7,000 so their disabled children can enjoy their local youth club.

Anna Hoyle, Krystal Maddox and Alison Scrogham who are members of the Breverton Group will use the cash to put a disabled changing area in St Joseph’s Church, Ansdell.

The church is the venue for a busy youth club for teenagers with special needs.

And now more teenagers will be able to use the facilities thanks to the boost from Lancashire County Council’s Aiming High for Disabled Children fund.

The women, who are all parents of teenagers with special needs and complicated health needs, were also awarded cash to fund the youth club’s expenses and given a plaque.

Anna Hoyle from the Orchard Road club in St Annes said: “We are thrilled to get this money, it will make a huge difference to the young people who use the club.

“We carried out a detailed survey of local parks and not one of them has facilities for changing, and no item of equipment allows a child in a wheelchair to enjoy a ride.

“Lowther Gardens was allocated £60,000 for disabled facilities and changing rooms, but this was returned to the Lottery Fund when plans did not go through which was a great blow.

“The park is for toddlers only.

“Some parks have entrances so narrow that a wheelchair cannot go through anyway.”

The Breverton group was formed in 2008 by parents with disabled children who used the children’s centre to meet socially.

A section of the parents formed a break out group to provide social opportunities for children going into their teens after they became disappointed with the lack of facilities on offer locally.

Mrs Hoyle added: “About 18 months ago my son William was offered a short break and given a list of things on offer.

“None of them had facilities for incontinent teenagers, things like football camps were out of the question.

“A few of us decided to further the cause and started to bid for the Breverton Group and got some funding for the youth club.

In the future we hope to provide a bigger drop-in centre for the Breverton Group and further development of the sensory garden and play area.”

Through donations a ramp and special swings have been provided at the centre as well as a gate and a £500 fence from St Annes Town Council.

Garden benches and block paving are still needed for the site however.

Helen Jenkins, short breaks development officer with Lancashire County Council said “Congratulations to the Breverton Group for a very worthy cause by a hard-working parent group supporting disabled children in the community.”