Char­ity has cash to play with

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

CHIL­DREN liv­ing in rural ar­eas are set to ben­e­fit from more phys­i­cal play op­por­tu­ni­ties thanks to a lot­tery grant.

A £243,000 grant has been awarded to The Play Team project which op­er­ates in Ash­ford, Shep­way and Dover.

Qual­i­fied play work­ers and vol­un­teers will use the money to take play equip­ment, such as para­chutes and cricket sets, to chil­dren’s doorsteps and draw them away from com­puter games into more ac­tive play.

Alison Heckel, busi­ness and en­ter­prise man­ager for Kent Chil­dren’s Fund net­work, said: “This fund­ing is all about let­ting chil­dren be chil­dren.

“We want to turn back the clock on play and en­cour­age chil­dren to move away from com­puter games and back to ba­sic cre­ativ­ity, al­low­ing their imag­i­na­tions to run away with them.

“The money from the Big Lot­tery Fund will not only ben­e­fit young peo­ple, it will also of­fer adults in the com­mu­nity the chance to work to­wards play qual­i­fi­ca­tions.”

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