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Park Radio joins bid to retain Diss children's centre

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A community broadcaster has raised hundreds of pounds in the hope of saving Diss Children’s Centre.

DOING THEIR BIT: Station manager Chris Moyse.
DOING THEIR BIT: Station manager Chris Moyse.

Park Radio hosted a children’s Christmas party to help raise funds for a community service, which is at risk of being closed.

Station manager Chris Moyse said: “It’s not all about what we do on air, but what Park Radio can do to positively influence and help change lives across our area.

“It was a real pleasure for the Park Radio team to collaborate with Diss Children’s Centre and provide an afternoon of music, fun and Christmas magic and, more importantly, help towards keeping this important resource open.”

The children’s centre is one of 46 named for closure.

Only seven are to remain open, with the nearest to Diss located in Long Stratton.

Cadence, Sienna and Jesse with Santa Claus.
Cadence, Sienna and Jesse with Santa Claus.

Mother-of-three Tammy Howard uses the facility regularly.

“It’s really vital that the children’s centre stays open,” she said. “I suffered from post-natal depression and, if it wasn’t for them, it would’ve gone undiagnosed.

“It is just nice to know I can go there and they will be there for me.

“If it’s not there on your doorstep, I don’t think it will be the same. I am unlikely to use the information and advice provided online, it’s not as personal.”

The next consultation will take place on January 22 to report on feedback submitted by the public, the potential impact of the proposal and whether councillors will go ahead with it.

The Christmas Party hosted by Park Radio raised £315 and saw 50 children, families and friends have fun, play games and eat food.

Santa, Olaf and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen, Park Radio’s Parky Bear and numerous elves and Santa’s helpers made an appearance to help spread some Christmas cheer.

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