Boost for Botesdale breakfast and after school club following £10,000 grant award

Club staff and children are celebrating after a ?10,000 grant has allowed them to buy a new people carrier ANL-150402-232231009

Club staff and children are celebrating after a ?10,000 grant has allowed them to buy a new people carrier ANL-150402-232231009

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A community club for school pupils in north Suffolk has been boosted enormously after receiving a five-figure lottery grant for a new people carrier.

The Botesdale breakfast and after-school club, which operates at the village hall in The Street, was successful in its application for a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Awards 4 All, the second time the club has won this funding in three years.

Along with additional funds from Mid Suffolk District Council, Botesdale and Rickinghall Parish Councils and The Fairstead Charity, the money will be used to buy another seven-seater vehicle to transport children to and from schools in Botesdale, Gislingham, Mellis, Palgrave, Wortham, North Lopham and Walsham-le-Willows.

Bridget Simms-Baalham, representing the club, told the Diss Express: “This has really helped the organisation to grow. It’s only in the past few years that we have gotten big.

“It enables the parents to continue at work for longer hours and let their children interact with others and have a good fun time.”

The club has been going for almost 12 years, offering various games and activities, and on an average week hosts 90 children before school and around 150 afterwards.

To learn more about the club, visit www.botesdale-after-school-club.org.uk