Children and families set to benefit from cash boost

Best friends Harriet Swiers, centre left, and Isobelle Evans, with the �500 cheque donated by The Proudfoot Group to The Meeting Place on Pavillion Square. Pictured with them is Valerie Aston, left, from Proudfoots, Sarah Carr and Helen Evans, right, from the Centre. Picture by Andrew Higgins 123017a 24/07/12
Best friends Harriet Swiers, centre left, and Isobelle Evans, with the �500 cheque donated by The Proudfoot Group to The Meeting Place on Pavillion Square. Pictured with them is Valerie Aston, left, from Proudfoots, Sarah Carr and Helen Evans, right, from the Centre. Picture by Andrew Higgins 123017a 24/07/12

A Scarborough charity has been given a £500 boost from local retail group Proudfoot.

The donation was given to The Meeting Place Child Contact Centre, which offers children from separated families a safe and neutral place to meet with, and develop a relationship with, their non-resident parent.

The charity will use the £500 donation to continue to provide contact sessions for the children and parents with a member of staff at their base in Pavilion Square, Scarborough.

The Proudfoot Group raised the money through the Making A Difference Locally (MADL) charity through its membership of Nisa.

Valerie Aston, of The Proudfoot Group, said: “We are thrilled to be able to donate to The Meeting Place as the work that it does for the people involved is important and can make a difference to the lives of families in the local area.”

Helen Evans, volunteer manager at The Meeting Place, said: “Last year we received referrals for 85 children and we helped 86 per cent of these establish a long term relationship with the parent they no longer live with.

“This fabulous donation from The Proudfoot Group enables us to continue to offer these contact sessions and we are very grateful for this and every donation that we receive.”

Pictured are best friends Harriet Swiers, centre left, and Isobelle Evans, with Valerie Aston, left, from Proudfoots, Sarah Carr and Helen Evans, right, from The Meeting Place Child Contact Centre.