Thursday 24 February 2011


A Ceredigion children’s charity is now fully mobile thanks to The Big Lottery and Aberystwyth’s Volkswagen Van Centre, Anthony Motors.

RAY Ceredigion is the county’s lead organisation for the Child’s Play Project, a Big Lottery-funded programme that supports after school clubs, holiday play schemes and small communities across Wales.

The charity is using part of its Big Lottery funding to purchase and run two Volkswagen Transporters, taking delivery of them from Anthony Motors last week.
Gill Byrne, RAY Ceredigion’s executive officer, explained how the scheme works. She said: “The Child’s Play Project will deliver a fully funded mobile play project to communities across the county, as well as offering training to support local people to continue giving children opportunities to play and interact with each other in their local communities.

“The vans are a vital part of the programme, enabling our staff to take a range of play equipment out with them and provide assistance to small groups in many rural areas across Ceredigion.

“Over the next four years the vans will visit 48 different community play areas, delivering much needed active outdoor play sessions to hundreds of children in the county.

“We can’t thank The Big Lottery fund and Anthony Motors enough for helping put RAY Ceredigion in a position to deliver these services.

“The Volkswagen vans meet our exact requirements, with the quality and longevity to reach all areas of Ceredigion over the next four years.”

The Big Lottery funding for RAY Ceredigion totals almost £850,000, which will be spent on a team of seven staff, including five play workers, and the running costs of the vans.

Anthony Motors Volkswagen Van Centre’s head of business, Justin Manley, said: “We’re delighted to help, in a small way, the excellent work RAY Ceredigion will provide to the community over the next four years.

“Charities like this deserve support from local businesses to deliver beneficial facilities to Ceredigion’s children.”

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