Charity wins Children In Need cash windfall

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A St Helens charity has won a £10,000 grant from Children In Need.

Crossroads Care North West offers support for severely disabled children and young people.

The funding will provide services to support both children and families who are affected by physical disability, poverty and deprivation, behavioural and psychological difficulties.

The funding will enable Crossroads Care North West to offer a "Fun Times" programme, consisting of photography competitions, arts and crafts workshops and song and dance sessions. The provision of these activities will integrate fun and learning working towards enhancing the children’s sense of empowerment.

BBC Children in Need now funds 6 projects in St Helens with £316,391 hard at work to benefit young lives in the town.

The Charity awards grants at seven points during the year, more funding will be pledged to projects in the UK throughout 2016.

Sandra Keatley, from Crossroads Care North West, said: “In our experience we have found that far too often disabled children have low expectations of themselves and this can often lead to an acute lack of confidence and low self-esteem.

“The BBC Children in Need grant will enable us to offer activities designed to challenge the children we work with and encourage them to develop their confidence.”