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South Belfast charity Sólás recently received a significant funding boost from the Energy for Children Charitable Trust

South Belfast charity Sólás recently received a significant funding boost from the Energy for Children Charitable Trust - the charity set up by Phoenix and the wider natural gas industry with the aim to help local disadvantaged children. The funding has enabled the organisation to purchase a specialist mobile sensory equipment kit, including fibre optic lights and communication tools to use as part of its dedicated Mother and Toddler group and after school club.


Sólás provides support for children with additional and special needs and the equipment received from Energy for Children will help them to offer a safe and warm space for youngsters that find it more difficult to take part in mainstream parent and toddler groups.


Dr Joan Henderson, Founding Director of Sólás, commented:


"The items we purchased through the funding from Energy for Children have enabled us to make an after schools club available in South Belfast, a much needed service that can cater specifically for those children in the local area that have special needs, where they can play with appropriate equipment and get the support they need from caring adults."


Local natural gas installer Peter Doyle from 1st Call Plumbing & Heating recently visited the children to see how they were getting on, he commented:


"It was great to see the equipment being used first-hand, the enjoyment that the children get out of the sensory items is clearly evident. I'm really pleased that Energy for Children was able to help such a worthwhile cause."


Phoenix Natural Gas covers all administration costs associated with the Energy for Children Charitable Trust so that every penny raised goes directly to local disadvantaged youngsters and to date the Trust has helped over 6,000 children.


Pic: Dr Joan Henderson (Sólás), Joshua Kelly (6) and Peter Doyle (1st Call Plumbing & Heating)

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