TV star to help raise funds for Clevedon charity

Children and staff at Clevedon Springboard Opportunity Group looking very happy to be getting fundin

Children and staff at Clevedon Springboard Opportunity Group looking very happy to be getting funding for a new speech and language therapist. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

A national charity has chosen to donate funds to Springboard Opportunity Group as part of its Make Some Noise Campaign.

Children and staff at Clevedon Springboard Opportunity Group looking very happy to be getting fundin

Children and staff at Clevedon Springboard Opportunity Group looking very happy to be getting funding for a new speech and language therapist. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Springboard Opportunity Group, which helps children with special educational needs and disabilities, is one of the lucky charities which will benefit from Global's campaign next month.

The campaign will see TV and radio presenter Jamie Theakston cycle 650 miles from Edinburgh to London and families from the Clevedon charity are hoping to cheer him on when he arrives in Bristol.

The money will pay for a speech and language therapist to help children which are supported by the charity.

Springboard's chief executive, Jo Harris, said: "Last year Springboard welcomed 79 children to specialist play sessions and at least another 30 to our drop-in stay and play sessions.

Children and staff at Clevedon Springboard Opportunity Group looking very happy to be getting fundin

Children and staff at Clevedon Springboard Opportunity Group looking very happy to be getting funding for a new speech and language therapist. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant


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"Nearly every single one of them, for a whole host of reasons, had a language delay or disorder impacting on their ability to learn.

"We already have great staff but having a speech and language therapist on the team is something that we have wanted for many years and we are very excited that funding from Global Make Some Noise is going to allow this to happen.

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"From the children who just need an extra boost to get their language going, right through to the children with the most severe disabilities this new post is going to be a huge bonus for Springboard."

Springboard Opportunity Group is inviting families to join them at the ss Great Britain, in Bristol, on October 9 at 6pm to cheer on Jamie Theakston as he arrives in the city.

Children and staff at Clevedon Springboard Opportunity Group looking very happy to be getting fundin

Children and staff at Clevedon Springboard Opportunity Group looking very happy to be getting funding for a new speech and language therapist. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Jamie is visiting eight cities in eight days and meeting the same number of charities along the way.

Jo Kingscott, from the charity, said: "Springboard would like as many parents, carers and children, past and present as possible to meet, cheer and motivate Jamie as he arrives in Bristol in the evening and again when he leaves Bristol the following morning.

"If you are passionate about Springboard and want to help us be the noisiest charity on Jamie's route please join us.

"We know this is a big ask for any little ones but this is an enormous opportunity for Springboard and Jamie will really appreciate the support."

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