Discos to continue thanks to council funding

PUBLISHED: 14:00 31 January 2019

PANDA has received widespread support from the town. Picture: Bob Cartwright

PANDA has received widespread support from the town. Picture: Bob Cartwright

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Hundreds of pounds in much-needed cash has been handed to a Portishead community group, which helps adults with additional needs.

Portishead Additional Needs Disco and Other Activities (PANDA) has been given a boost by Portishead Town Council.

PANDA helps isolated adults with additional needs socialise and have fun at monthly parties, but a shortage of funding put the group under threat.

But they have been handed a lifeline by the town council, which agreed to donate £657 each year for the next three years at its meeting on January 23.

The cash will be used to cover the costs of hiring Portishead’s Folk Hall for the discos.

Organiser Chris Sperring last week told the Times how much the public’s help meant to the group.

He said: “The massive support we have had from the public has given us the strength to do this.

“We can’t thank the people of Portishead enough for what they have given.”

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