Charity has cash to play with
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.”