Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Children’s disability charity looking for more leaders

A West Berkshire charity receives generous donation from local school but they need more leaders to allow them to continue their good work.

A local charity for young people with physical disabilities was given a surprise last week, when it was presented with a cheque for £3,000.

West Berkshire’s PALS (Partners for Active Leisure Scheme), which offers a wide variety of social and leisure activities for five-to-25-year-olds with physical disabilities, was given the donation from Cheam School in Headley which was raised through the school’s Christmas fair.

Catherine Harris, the Headmaster’s wife, who presented the cheque to PALS’ youngest members during their weekly ‘Fun Factory’ club, said: “We have had a close relationship with PALS for a few years now. They are a fantastic charity which we are delighted to be able to support.”

PALS and Cheam have worked in partnership for over 15 years, with the school organising regular activity sessions for PALS members. The activities are run with help from pupils at the school, who volunteer their time.

Stephen West speaks with PALS Manager, Helen Randall

Helen Randall, PALS Manager, said: “It was a lovely surprise to receive the donation from Cheam School. They’ve been big supporters of PALS for many years and this money will go towards our summer holiday activities.”

“Anyone can make a good trustee if they’re passionate about children and making a difference to the children we support.”

Helen Randall, Manager of PALS

PALS relies on donations and volunteers to sustain its work and as well as money, they are also looking for trustees to work at board level on matters of policy, planning and direction. Helen Randall added: “Anyone can make a good trustee if they’re passionate about children and making a difference to the children we support.”

To learn more about PALS and how you can help, visit www.palsweb.org.uk.

Stephen West

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