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Children’s Festival receives £10,000 Lottery funding

A FROME community group, Purple  Elephant Productions, has received £10,000 of National Lottery funding to stage this year’s Children’s Festival.

In total, £950,000 of National Lottery funds was handed to community organisations in Somerset. The money has been raised by players for good causes and is being distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. In total, 57 community projects across the county are receiving a share.

Frome’s Purple Elephant Productions will use the £10,000 to  help fund this year’s children’s festival, and providing children with disabilities inclusive activities and encouraging integration.

Sue Willis, for Frome Children’s Festival said, “We are working with Young People Frome to ask local children how to make the Children’s Festival as accessible as possible, to ensure that all abilities can enjoy the fun.

“We have been visiting local schools and community groups such as The Pod, asking children with additional needs what they would like at the Children’s Festival. So far, wheelchair football, a climbing wall and graffiti are coming out tops.

“The Children’s Festival will be on Sunday 8th July from 12noon to 6pm in Victoria Park and Mary Bailey playing field. Everyone is welcome and entry is free.

“Securing funding from the Big Lottery Fund is extremely important to us as it enables us to commit at an early stage to this large event, and enables us to include high quality activities which will be open to all abilities.

“Together with support from Frome Town Council and Asda, we have almost all the funding we need, however we would love to hear from any local businesses who might like to sponsor the event.

“This would allow us to include some elements that will have a lasting impact for the town, such as an accessible swing seat in the park. Local support is extremely valuable to us and greatly appreciated, both for the Children’s Festival and our other projects, including the Toy Library and children’s Christmas party.”

For more details see their facebook page – FromeChildrensFestival – or contact Sue Willis on sue@frome childrensfestival.org.

The Big Lottery Fund distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every week, it gives out over £13million to fund bright ideas, big or small. To find out more visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk.   

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