Our photo shows Lion President, Colin Bradshaw, presenting a cheque for £160 to representatives of Maplefields Circle of Friends. A Lion’s spokesperson said, ‘We were approached via our Facebook page recently and we felt we had to help fund this Easter tea party. Few of us had heard of the group so we joined them at their recent fair and spent some time with the young people and their families.’
A spokesman for Maplefieds Circle of Friends said, ‘ We are a ‘not for profit’ organisation that put on activities and seasonal events for children with additional needs/disabilities and their families, eg in the summer holidays, parties at Easter and Christmas and at Halloween. Last Halloween we helped the Friends of Coronation Park put on a sensory walk in the grounds of Coronation Park and a few activities for the children. We hold a Summer funday each year but this year it isn’t financially possible as we need to secure a permanent building for ourselves and decorate it in a de-sensitised way for the children we cater for.’
MCF started off as a spin off from the school but the more we did the more we realised there was a bigger need within the town and it grew from there. We help with a home education group and raise funds for Maplefields Academy to provide a play scheme and towards an annual residential trip. We also run a support group every Tuesday morning for parents, carers and people whose lives are touched by additional needs/disability.