Donation from the Heart of England Co-operative Society helps send Nuneaton youngsters on holidays and day trips

Jo Dyke, Community and Membership Adviser of the Heart of England Co-operative Society, (front row, far right) and Thomas Copp, Store Manager of The Co-operative in Cedar Road, Nuneaton, with co-ordinators of the Camp Hill Young People’s Holiday Scheme

DONATION FROM THE HEART OF ENGLAND CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY HELPS SEND NUNEATON YOUNGSTERS ON HOLIDAYS AND DAY TRIPS

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Families with babies and children in one of Nuneaton’s most deprived areas have been given a helping hand by the Heart of England Co-operative Society.

The Society has given £400 to the Camp Hill Young People’s Holiday Scheme (CHYPS) – a project which raises funds to provide quality day trips and holidays for 0 to 16-year-olds who would otherwise not get a break.

Made up of residents and professionals who live and work in the area, the group works directly with young people to promote physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing through social and recreational activities.

The holidays and day trips come completely free for the youngsters. Families who attend the day trips are asked to make a financial contribution, to help support other activities going forward.

Events and activities organised for this year include day trips to St Nicholas Park in Warwick, Twycross Zoo, Skegness, Hatton Country World and Santa’s Winter Wonderland Experience, at the Snowdome in Tamworth.

Mona Afzal, Regeneration Project Officer of Pride in Camp Hill, said: “The money from the Society will enable us to provide quality packed lunches for children on the day-trips.

“Whereas it would have cost the parents £4.50 for a packed lunch, we are now able to ask for a contribution of just £1.50.

“We are very grateful to the Society as this will help the families greatly.”

Ali Kurji, Chief Executive of the Heart of England Co-operative Society, added: “The Camp Hill Young People’s Holiday Scheme is a fantastic cause which is helping to make a real difference to the lives of young people in the area.

“We have had a good relationship with organisers of the holiday scheme over many years and have supported the scheme on a number of occasions in the past.

“We were only too pleased to help out once again this year. The scheme is exactly the type of project we seek to assist, a non-profit organisation which works to make a real difference to the lives of many – most of whom are among the most vulnerable young people in our society.”

The holiday scheme was one of more than 20 groups and organisations across Nuneaton and Hinckley to receive a share of £7,163 from Helping Hearts over the past six months.

Other groups to benefit in the latest round of awards included Market Bosworth Festival, which received £300, Nuneaton Gymnastics Club, which received £200, and Stockingford Card Club, which received £150.

The Society is currently seeking more applications.

For further details on the Helping Hearts Awards Scheme log on to http://www.heartofengland.coop/society/helping-hearts-award-scheme/

Or to make an application email Jo.Dyke@heartofengland-coop.co.uk or call Jo on 024 7638 2331.

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