A Bonnyrigg club, which aims to bring physically handicapped residents closer to able-bodied people in the area, has been awarded £3000.
The PHAB Club, based at the Lasswade Centre, received funding from the STV Children’s Appeal, in partnership with the Youth and Philanthrophy Initiative.
The club’s ethos is to relieve isolation, provide opportunities to overcome disabilities and for able-bodied people to benefit from spending time with those less able.
Moira Wilson, from the club, said: “We are indebted to (Lasswade High pupils) Amy Hope and Jade Knowles who nominated the charity and won the award for us; £3000 will make a huge difference to a small charity such as ours.
“We aim to provide social and educational opportunities in a relaxed club environment for adults who have additional support needs. As part of that we have an outing at the end of each term for our club members, including an annual visit to the pantomime. These are expensive events and this award will make it possible for us to continue to offer these opportunities to our members, experiences they would otherwise be denied.”
Elizabeth Partyka, STV Children’s Appeal, added: “We hope the grant will go a long way to help Lasswade High School PHAB Club make an even bigger difference in the local community. YPI’s initiative to identify charities that need our support is a fantastic platform to engage with school pupils and helps raise awareness of the issue of child poverty across Scotland.”