Future not so bright for Bonnyrigg childcare group

Official opening of Bright Sparks (special needs playgroup) at Cockpen Centre (former Cockpen Nursery, Bonnyrigg)

Official opening of Bright Sparks (special needs playgroup) at Cockpen Centre (former Cockpen Nursery, Bonnyrigg)

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Disabled school children are set to lose out in Midlothian, where a struggling out-of-school club faces closure because of a lack of funding.

Bonnyrigg-based charity Bright Sparks has been running a twice-weekly facility for youngsters since the summer of last year. Following a 10-week pilot, Lloyds TSB and The Robertson Trust provided funding for an initial 12 months.

However. that cash has now dried up, sparking fears that the club might fold by Christmas unless big-hearted individuals step forward with donations.

As Louise Gough, chairman of the management committee explained, the charity needs around £7,500 to fund another 30-week programme.

Read full story in the November 8 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.