The Ipswich Community Playbus are delighted to announce that BBC Children in Need has awarded them a grant of £79,804 over three years. This grant will fund play sessions for pre-school children and their families in identified areas in Ipswich.
The Ipswich Community Playbus travels to eight different locations in Ipswich during term-time offering free play sessions for pre-school children and their parents. The Playbus provides an opportunity for young children to engage with and have fun with their peers, and provides a high standard of early years education.
The Playbus, or ‘Maggie’ as she is known locally, is a familiar sight around Ipswich. On board there are many toys and activities, ranging from arts and crafts, books and a home corner, to a slide on the top deck. With the support of BBC Children in Need funding Maggie will be able to continue providing these much loved play sessions.
Liz Harsant, Chair of the Trustees said, “I am extremely proud of the work that the Playbus does around Ipswich and the total commitment of the staff. We are a non-profit organisation relying on grant funding such as this and generous donations from local organisations for which we are very grateful.”
BBC Children in Need funding relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time and money to support the Appeal. Whether it’s cake sales, wearing pyjamas to school or having a song and dance, every penny of the money raised goes towards supporting projects across the UK.
All grants go to projects working with children and young people living in the UK who may be affected by homelessness, neglect, abuse or poverty, or those who have faced challenges in their lives such as serious illness, disabilities and psychological disorders.