The latest £1,000 award from the Kenilworth Lions’ Dream Scheme has been made to the Spring Playgroup and Pre-school in Upper Rosemary Hill, to support their work with vulnerable children. The money will be used to fund extra playgroup sessions for children who would benefit from extra support due to their own or their family’s specific needs.
Spring Playgroup was founded 29 years ago by Jackie Cross, who still runs the organisation on a full-time basis. It does not charge for children to attend, but relies on voluntary donations and grants. Two years ago it received an Ofsted “Outstanding” report, with the particular comment that “Children make exceptional progress given their starting points and are particularly well prepared for change when it is time to move on.”
The grant cheque was presented by Graham Pemberton, vice-president of Kenilworth Lions, who said: “As an ex-head teacher I am acutely aware of the importance of the best start in life for all children. The work done by the Spring Playgroup is inspiring, and I’m delighted that the Lions have been able to support them financially.”
The Kenilworth Lions’ Dream Scheme is a special award scheme being run in 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the local Lions’ club.