Double celebration as 21 years marked by Runcorn charity
ARUNCORN charity has marked two special milestones with a party and visit from the mayor and mayoress.
Halton Play Council on Mersey Road held double celebrations to commemorate 21 years in the same building and for the 101st birthday of its stalwart volunteer Bill Armes, whose planned festivities earlier this year were postponed due to illness.
VIP guests for the day were the borough’s mayor and mayoress John and Marjorie Bradshaw, and visitors enjoyed tea, coffee and cakes plus games ● such as ‘splat the rat’ and also had the chance to sponsor a brick for each year it has been open.
The facility acts as a base for the charity’s work, and also has a scrap store and arts and crafts shop and runs a service for reusing and recycling unwanted items such as furniture.
But the bulk of its work takes place around the borough with children aged four to 18 years with additional needs.
Joyce Reilly, Halton Play Council manager, said demand for its services surges during the warmer months when its summer schemes attract an estimated 4,000 youngsters over the duration of the peak three-week period.
The group has a core team of five staff and three volunteers, rising to 20 staff for its Saturday clubs.
Joyce said: “We’ve got a really good team of staff who undertake regular training and all have the children’s best interests at heart. We’ve got a Facebook page where parents can leave remarks.
“Some of the remarks are quite breathtaking about the difference we make to children’s lives.”
Halton Play Council has celebrated its 21st year spent in its current premises on Mersey Road, and the 101st birthday of volunteer Bill Ames