Grants welcomed by disability groups

THOUSANDS of pounds have been spent improving facilities for disabled people following a series of grants.

Aiming High for Disabled Children, a government initiative set up four years ago, has donated £15,000 to DACT (Daventry Area Community Transport), £8,000 to Diversity Fitness 4 Life based in Long Buckby and £3,000 to Daventry-based Hunnybees and Stars.

The money has been a welcome boost to DACT, which provides transport services to the Daventry district. They have now bought a new bus costing £62,500.

The rest of the money was made up of £10,000 from Daventry District Council and £5,000 from Northamptonshire County Councillor Chris Long’s empowerment fund, as well as other smaller donations.

DACT chief executive Rob Kinning said: “Grants like this are vital for the continuation of the service that we can offer.

“It is fantastic that we have had this money and a big thank you to everyone who has helped us.”

Hunnybees and Stars, a group which provides support for pre-school children with special needs as well as autistic children, has used its grant to fund a new playhouse.

The group, which is based at The Family Centre in Staverton Road, also used some of the money to buy specialist bikes and trikes designed for children with cerebral palsy.

Chairman of the group Mandy Boikovs said: “It is absolutely fantastic to get this equipment for the children. The old set could not be used anymore.

“We have not had a chance to use the equipment yet because of the bad weather. I know, however, that the children are really excited about it.”

The money given to Diversity Fitness 4 Life, which aims to provide health and fitness for children and young adults with physical, mental health or learning disabilities, based at Buckby Health and Leisure, will be used to build a new disabled toilet on the ground floor.