Dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion as 21 years marked by Run­corn char­ity

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

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

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