FIFTY children from two schools across Northwich benefitted from a charity project over half-term, thanks to the generous support of a local Rotary club.

Cheshire-based charity Passion for Learning said the Northwich and Vale Royal Rotary donated £250 which was used to fund the cost of fun-packed Awesome Autumn and Happy Halloween boxes for children from Lostock Gralam CoE Primary and Barnton Community Nursery and Primary Schools.

The boxes contained a rich range of interactive resources to help the children enjoy the Autumn half term holiday at home safely.

Beth McJury, Enrichment Manager at Passion for Learning said: "As well as the art, craft and play items which we included in the boxes, we created a booklet with puzzles, games and suggestions for physical activities to keep the children occupied during the half term break.

We also included a pumpkin and some recipe ideas for families to make soup together."

Diane Clark, CEO at Passion for Learning said how the work of the charity is designed to enrich children’s lives and support them at what we know is a very difficult time for many families.

She said: "We are committed to helping children catch up with their lost learning from when schools were closed earlier this year.

"We know from conversations with Headteachers at our partner primary schools that children’s social and emotional wellbeing has been really challenged by the pandemic.

"With the support of our funders we are committed to making the biggest difference possible to the children who need it the most."

Viv Crouch, Development Manager at the charity was quick to praise the importance of all donations it receives, both small and large, as it enables them to continue to benefit families across Cheshire.

She said: "The donation from Northwich and Vale Royal Rotary was a lovely example of charities working together to achieve greater impact for the people we serve.

"As a small charity, we rely on the generosity of funders and organisations in our community to enable us to carry out our work.

"Since March 2020, we provided much needed learning resources to 5000 children across Cheshire West, who were most impacted by school closures resulting from the pandemic.

"We were delighted to deliver our October half term project building on the foundations from the summer.

"Crucially, the feedback and photos we’ve had from families who received the boxes showed how much the children enjoyed the activities, which is what our work is all about."

For more information about Passion for Learning please see our website or Facebook @PassionforLearningCheshire, or call 0151 356 8717.