Children visiting Kidz About in the old Renault building in West Swindon are going to be helping the new Hop, Skip & Jump respite centre for children with severe disabilities at Upper Shaw Farm community centre, about 500 metres away.
The idea developed by Kidz About marketing manager Clare Milton and The Link will see hand shapes decorated by children enjoying an outing to the play centre pinned up on a dedicated wall in return for a £1 donation to the charity. The wall of hands will be renewed every month.
Clare said, “it’s a really creative way to get parents and children from Kidz About involved and raise awareness of the fantastic service provided by Hop, Skip & Jump. The carers and volunteers do such great work with special needs children and provide much valued respite to their parents and siblings.”
Hop, Skip & Jump manager Verity Brooke-Maple said she was delighted that Kidz About will be encouraging visitors to lend a helping hand. “It’s wonderful to know that a business, almost next door, has taken such a great initiative. All the parents and children who display a picture on the wall will be giving us a big helping hand.”
Pictured, right : Hop, Skip & Jump customer Ben Morris, centre, with his sister Emily, and Finlay and Honey Gregory, Isabel Felton, Heidi Ponting, Clare Milton and Kirsty Markham