Bo’ness children’s group issue saviour plea

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A community group that provides vital support for Bo’ness children is in dire need of funding or it faces closure.

Bounce Higher, part of St Andrew’s Church outreach programme, has been running in the town for eight years and offers personalised support to youngsters in the area.

The group has one full-time worker, Diane Collins, and a host of volunteers who help run after school sessions, summer programmes and focus groups for youngsters.

Diane said: “We normally receive funding from Children In Need, however this year, understandably, they need to look at other worthy causes. We have managed to raise some money but not enough to keep us going.”

So far £10,000 has been collected which will keep Bounce Higher rolling for a few months – but it needs £30,000 a year to run. The support on offer varies depending on the children’s needs.

Diane said: “We have started an exciting new session after school, that brings children who enjoy Minecraft together to have fun.”

Gill Genoe, headteacher at Bo’ness Public School, speaking on behalf of all the primary schools in the area, said: “All teachers are concerned about losing this valuable support group. The work done is vital to helping youngsters of all ages.”

Anyone interested in donating can go to www.bouncehigher.org.uk.