Holidays for deprived children

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A LONG-RUNNING scheme providing Derbyshire’s deprived children with therapeutic holidays to Skegness, could be expanded upon to give coastal youngsters a rehabilitative countryside excursion of their own.

Skegness Town Council has agreed to investigate whether a group of deprived children from the town could visit the Peak District as a form of exchange to the well-established charitable scheme operated by the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre.

The Scarbrough Road based charity has been providing much valued coastal breaks to Derbyshire’s under privileged youngsters for well over a century and now assists approximately 450 children a year.

The Mayor of Skegness Coun Mark Anderson, said it would be ‘wonderful’ if the scheme could operate in both directions to give Skegness children an important respite break of their own.

Speaking at the council’s latest meeting on Wednesday, he said: “There are children in our town that have never been on the bus never been on the train and don’t know there’s a world outside Skegness.

“I’ve spoken to the children who come here and they have a wonderful time, so if we could facilitate it so that it worked the other way that would give our children a wonderful time too.”

Councillors supported Coun Anderson and agreed he should write to community supporting organisations such as the Skegness Lions and Rotarians to help fund and organise the project.