A SKIPTON based charity which supports children and their families across Craven is celebrating after receiving £26,000 to help it continue with its work with children with complex needs.

SELFA, which is based at the former Ings School in Broughton Road, says it is delighted that The Kentown Wizard Foundation has supported the charity for a second year.

The £26,000 will help deliver five weekend groups for children with multiple complex needs where they have the opportunity to access rebound therapy close to home. SELFA says it has already made a massive difference to children and young people living in the Craven district who need a high level of support.

As well as rebound therapy, children can take part in a wide range of activities such as baking, sensory play, crafts and music. Each session is staffed by specialist workers and volunteers which ensures that the children can attend independently, providing much needed respite for parents and carers.

Emma Pears SELFA's chief officer, said "We are absolutely delighted to receive this grant. Last year the foundation supported our families on a wonderful residential break to The Bendrigg Trust in the Lake District and this grant has enabled us to offer a wide range of new opportunities, with around 32 children and young people accessing weekend and holiday sessions in the first three months of the project."

Debbie Bamber, operations manager at The Kentown Wizard Foundation said: "These additional rebound sessions will give children with severe and complex needs the opportunity to try new activities, improve their physical function and develop friendships in a safe and supportive environment. Having witnessed first hand the many benefits of Rebound Therapy, we are thrilled to be supporting such a positive project."

SELFA has already made a difference to not only the children attending its sessions, but their families as well. Each session is staffed by specialist workers and volunteers which ensures that the children can attend independently, providing much-needed respite for their parents and carers.

The Kentown Wizard Foundation exists solely to have a positive and enduring impact on the lives of children and young adults with life-threatening conditions and serious disabilities. It offers grants to charities across the UK which improve the lives of children living with life threatening conditions and serious disabilities.

To find out more, visit https://kentownwizard.org/ The project is open to children and young people aged four to 25 years old with profound and multiple disabilities who have been referred to SELFA. For more information email admin@selfa.org.uk or call 01535 533110