Talbot Village Trust has donated £10,000 to local charity childcare centre, Fernheath Play.

Fernheath Play has been providing children in Bournemouth, and the surrounding areas, with an after school club service, weekend play schemes and inclusive play schemes during school holidays for 40 years.

The play centre’s facilities include a sensory room, an equipped indoor space which is used for arts and crafts, plus an outdoor zip wire, sensory garden and other climbing play structures.

The funding received from Talbot Village Trust enabled the centre to invest in its outdoor adventure playground, with the refurbishment of its outdoor pirate ship and the installation of a new children’s roundabout.

Russell Lucas-Rowe, Trustee, said: “We felt it was imperative that Fernheath Play was supported with our funding. The centre offers children, with and without disabilities, a safe environment to go after school to play while socialising with others.’’

Paddy Williamson, co-founder of Fernheath Play, added: “We are so grateful for the support we have received from Talbot Village Trust over the years. As a charity, funding is essential to keep Fernheath Play open. With the support from Talbot Village Trust we can continue to offer childcare and respite to families who are under stress for a variety of reasons.’’

Talbot Village Trust meets biannually, and will be accepting applications for funding from both previous and new applicants in the area before the Trustees meet again in May. Visit www.talbotvillagetrust.org for more information.