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Help a London Child is big boost for charities

PUBLISHED: 16:44 20 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:36 11 August 2010

THREE charities in Barking and Dagenham are celebrating after they received more than £6,000 in grants. The money came from Help a London Child (HALC), the fund-raising charity run by Capital Radio and supported by Archant London, publishers of the POST.

THREE charities in Barking and Dagenham are celebrating after they received more than £6,000 in grants.

The money came from Help a London Child (HALC), the fund-raising charity run by Capital Radio and supported by Archant London, publishers of the POST.

Carers of Barking and Dagenham were given £2,750 to use for two camping holidays to Lambourne End in Essex.

The trips will give young carers the chance to take a break from their daily routine and meet others in a similar position.

Sharon Cumberbatch, family services manager, said: "Caring can be a very isolating role even for young people and the opportunity to participate in this type of break would not have been possible without the assistance of HALC."

Ab Phab Youth, based at Kinglsey Hall in Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham, was awarded £1,700 for IT and music workshops and travel training for young people with learning disabilities.

Josy Hughes, coordinator, said: "Many disabled young people feel uncertain about how to travel on their own.

"This training will enable them to experience our travel system and hopefully gain the confidence they need to eventually travel independently."

Barking and Dagenham Youth Dance won £1,920 which will allow them to continue providing free Saturday classes.

George Alexiou, project manager, said: "The classes benefit the young people by boosting their self esteem, respect and confidence, which helps them to become responsible adults.


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