Wiltshire Blind Association scoops £8,000 grant from Children in Need

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BBC Children in Need has announced the results of its first 2014 grant rounds, with £65,612 granted across five projects working with disadvantaged children and young people in Wiltshire.

Included the new grants, the total amount currently being funded in the area now sits at more than £944,000.

Among the new grants, £8,284 will be awarded to the Wiltshire Blind Association based in Devizes. The money will be used to run weekly activity sessions for children and young people with a visual impairment.

The Stonehenge School in Salisbury will also benefit from £1,849, which will be used to host a rockband project, providing children with special educational needs the chance to learn how to play musical instruments and perform a mini concert to friends and family.

Clare Cannock, BBC Children in Need's regional manager for the South West said: "We are delighted to be awarding this money to projects in Wiltshire which will go on to make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the area.

"The support we get each year is staggering and everyone should feel proud of what they have made possible. Thank you."

BBC Children in Need's life president Sir Terry Wogan said: “It’s thanks to the hard work and kind donations of the Great British public that we were able to raise our record-breaking sum of £31.1 million in donations.

"It’s fantastic to see how the money is being used to help disadvantaged young people right here on our doorsteps. Thank you again to everyone who dug deep to show their support.”

The grants are the first of many that will take place across the year, and were made possible following the appeal night in November when a record-breaking £31.1million was raised on the night by the British public.

This number will to grow significantly as donations still pour in from fundraising events that took place throughout the country.

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