Support for Bonnyrigg charity

John Badley
John Badley

Sponsored walks, bake offs and parachute jumps are just some of the fundraising activities which will take place over the next year at Dalhousie Castle.

They will all be in support of local charity for children and carers, Bright Sparks Special Needs playgroup.

Bright Sparks has been chosen by Dalhousie Castle’s staff in a vote to find their nominated charity for this year.

Bright Sparks at the Cockpen Centre is based just a short distance from Dalhousie Castle in Bonnyrigg, and offers support for families and carers for children with complex additional needs such as Autism, Fragile X and Cerebral Palsy whilst they are at the playgroup at the centre.

The charity is part funded by Midlothian Council Education Department, but relies on the support of fundraising and grants in order to continue with their good work.

The centre has many health care professionals on hand such as Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Pre-school Autistic Spectrum Disorder Support teachers and many more, all who attend on a regular basis.

With the support of funding Bright Sparks also provides Music Therapy and transport.

John Badley, General Manager of Dalhousie Castle, said: “We like to adopt a charity each year, and we really are delighted to be supporting Bright Sparks this year. It was a natural choice for the staff to vote for Bright Sparks, as they are a charity very local to the Castle doing a fantastic job supporting children, their parents and carers. The staff and I are very much looking forward to raising as much funds as possible for them over the course of this year.”