Co-op helps Sunderland children have a great summer

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CHILDREN have been given the chance to make the most of their summer holidays thanks to a cash windfall.

The Co-operative Tyne and Wear area committee secured £1,162 for Southwick and Monkwearmouth Transport Group.

The organisation, which relies on donations, provides minibuses to groups such as Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project (SNYP), which takes children and teenagers on day trips throughout the holidays.

Pat Wilson, the group’s administrator, said the money had come at just the right time.

“We – like a lot of other organisations who rely on funding – have been struggling lately,” she said.

“We are really grateful for this money from the Co-op.

“It enables us to offer the same service to those who use our buses.”

The money, secured by Co-op committee member Olive Maddison, will be used to make sure the three minibuses are running safely, and take youngsters to places including Alnwick Castle and Gardens and Sunderland Marina where they take part in water sports such as canoeing.

“The money will be used specifically to make safety checks, which is a priority for us,” said Pat. “We have to make sure the buses are running properly and securely.

“The buses also provide a service to the elderly, disabled and able-bodied people, so we are very grateful we can still help them.”

Olive, who is the only representative for Sunderland on the committee, said: “There is an emphasis at the minute in the Co-op on inspiring young people, and this is a jolly good cause. Anything that benefits children is worthwhile.”