£450k lottery grant will help disabled younsters

High Sheriff of Hertfordshire Jonathan Trower and wife Gini with staff, parents and children at Playskill in Hemel Hempstead
High Sheriff of Hertfordshire Jonathan Trower and wife Gini with staff, parents and children at Playskill in Hemel Hempstead

A playgroup for disabled children has been awarded a £450,000 grant from the Big Lottery fund.

The cash, which is the result of an 18-month-long bid process, will help Playskill support pre-school youngsters with physical difficulty or delay for the next five years.

This will be through physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy at the group, which is based at Woodfield School in Hemel.

Therapists train parents, enabling them to help their children reach their full potential.

Andrea Clarke, director and paediatric physiotherapist, said: “We are so delighted to know that our groups are now established for five years.

“This means we can look to meet the demand for new groups without worrying we will lose our existing work for local children.

“It will cover all our core costs but we will continue to need extra fund raising.”

The charity was supported in the bid by Community Action Dacorum and to celebrate the grant, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire Jonathan Trower and his wife Gini visted the Hemel group, pictured above.

For more information about Playskill, call 07572 465504 or visit www.playskill.org