Children in Need donate £161,000 to High Peak charities

Blythe House Hospice
Blythe House Hospice

BBC Children in Need has announced a total of £161,483 in new funding to two projects in the High Peak area to help groups working with disadvantaged children.

High Peak Community Arts in New Mills and High Peak Hospicecare, Blythe House, will be the charities which will benefit from the donations.

Sophie Mackreth, Youth Arts Programme Manager at High Peak Community Arts said: “BBC Children in Need funding will help us to continue providing the Film Cuts Club, which offers young people of all abilities the opportunity to work with professionally trained filmmakers on anything from documentaries to animations.

“Any young person with additional needs can take part, and this is their chance to learn new skills, express themselves creatively and have fun with their ideas. Everyone has a story to tell and this support will means even more stories can be told.”

The art group will receive £65,975 and Hospicecare will also receive a grant, to the value of £95,508 to support its Back on Track project.

Over three years, funding will allow the project to deliver counselling and therapy groups to children and young people who have been bereaved, or who have a family member living with a life threatening illness. The weekly sessions involving play therapy, one to one talking therapy and group support aim to reduce the emotional distress of participants, as well as boost their resilience.

More than £1.6m has now been invested from the charity to help Derbyshire children.

BBC Children in Need’s chief executive, David Ramsden said: “Put simply, these grants are made possible by our amazing supporters. Thank you, everybody should feel incredibly proud of the difference they are making to young lives.”

Currently 2,500 groups are supported nationally by the BBC charity.