It’s been a big year for Special Kids Bexhill after securing charity status in February and a Big Lottery grant in July.
The charity has been going since 2010 but securing official validation and the £8,500 grant has boosted its capacity to provide for people with learning difficulties in the town.
Chairman Sharon Minter helped set up the charity as three out of her five children have special needs and said the goal is to give children something to do over the long holidays.
“It’s good to have something to get out and do during the school holidays and enable families to get out and enjoy themselves,” she said.
“The main aim of Special Kids is to provide activities during the holidays and now term time for children and adults with learning difficulties.”
It all began when Sharon and her friend Susi felt there was nothing suitable available for their children with learning difficulties so they started private sessions exclusively for special needs children.
The charity has grown since then with more than 140 active members and lots of activities organised.
They have got a quiz night at Coast Restaurant and Bar on Friday, September 18, and afternoon tea at Tea Beside The Sea.
The fundraising side of the charity has prospered too with nearly £1,500 raised in a sponsored swim, which all helps to provide fun days out for ‘special kids’.
Sharon said with the extra money they are able to hire out venues all to themselves which makes it easier for the children as they can adapt it to their needs.
During a recent trip to Bexhill Leisure Pool they turned off the loud, and potentially scary, claxon that goes off when the wave machine comes on, and replaced it with a sign.
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