Youth club for teenagers with disabilities gets Helping Hand

A Helping Hand cheque presenation at the BFP offices, with Graham Turner.

A Helping Hand cheque presenation at the BFP offices, with Graham Turner.

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AN ORGANISATION that enables disabled people to meet friends and have fun has received a cash boost from our A Helping Hand fund.

The West Suffolk Disability Resource Centre (WSDRC), located on Moreton Hall, helps teenagers, aged 13-19 from Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding areas, take part in activities of their choice, including meals out and bowling, through its Thursday night Fun United Youth Club.

“The young people who attend are very keen on creative activities,” said Angie Brett, area manager for My Leisure, My Services in Suffolk and Essex.

Every month the Bury Free Press, with the aid of St Edmund’s Wheel, gives £500 to local projects, with the WSDRC this month’s recipient.

The money will be used to buy adaptive computer equipment to allow youngsters with poor fine motor skills the chance to be creative, be it scrap booking, making cards, colouring in or downloading digital photographs.

Mrs Brett said: “It will give those who have mobility issues that make arts and craft sessions difficult opportunities to join in.”

The cash for the monthly grants the Bury Free Press gives away comes from St Edmund’s Wheel.

Steve Laycock, St Edmund’s Wheel trustee, said: “There are so many worthy causes out there and if we can help these people we’re very pleased to do so.”

The trust raises most of the money at its annual Bury Bike Ride, which attracts hundreds of fund-raisers who take part in a sponsored cycle on routes ranging from 15 to 100 miles.

This year’s event will be held on Sunday June 10, along with two Bury Challenge Walks events.

For more details visit www.stedmundswheel.org.uk

Perhaps you, too, have a special project that needs a kickstart or you need that last bit of cash to complete your fund-raising.

To apply for one of our monthly grants, fill in the coupon and, on a separate sheet, in no more than 200 words, explain why your good cause deserves the cash.

Send them to: A Helping Hand, Bury Free Press, King’s Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3ET.