Thousands raised for families
A GROUP of caring fundraisers are waving the "flag" of success for families of children with special educational needs.
Employees of Shoreline Housing Partnership raised more than £5,800 for local charity Family Links Around Grimsby – known as Flag for short.
Staff chose to support Flag for 2011/12 for the help it gives families of youngsters with special educational needs by providing respite care and activities.
They organised a range of events, including fish and chip quiz suppers, dress-down days, bake-a-cake sales and a Diamonds Are Forever ball.
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Ann Maggs, of Shoreline, who was awarded an MBE this year in recognition of her charity work, said: "Flag provides a valuable service to the local community and the children who take part in the fantastic range of activities they offer.
"But it also provides a respite for the parents or guardians of these children.
"We are really proud that a relatively small number of employees are able to year on year raise funds for such worthwhile local charities that provide really important services to individuals across the area each and every day.
"We would like to thank all our employees, their family and friends, as well as our partnering agencies for their generous support."
As reported, Flag was under threat of closure due to a lack of funding in 2010.
But, after an appeal for help in the Grimsby Telegraph, the charity, which helps families who have children with special needs and disabilities, is going strong.
Chairman Malcolm Rudkin said: "I would like to say a big thank-you to everyone who has contributed towards this. It will make a very big difference to us."
Shoreline employees have also got involved in events for other charities, such as Sleep Easy 2012, which raised more than £3,000 for the Grimsby and Cleethorpes YMCA.
They have chosen Humberston Hydrotherapy Pool as their charity of the year 2012/13.
As reported, the pool offers therapy to pupils who attend Humberston Park Special School Academy and individuals within the community who have severe physical impairment or medical condition.