Award for forum at under threat Havercroft Children’s Centre

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Parents who work tirelessly at a children’s centre have been recognised for their commitment.

Havercroft Children’s Centre Parents’ Forum picked up the best community group trophy at Wakefield District Housing’s annual Love Where You Live Awards ceremony.

The forum was set up to share skills, increase life chances and offer more opportunities to local children and their families. The parents - who work together to raise funds and organise events at the centre - were presented with their trophy at the Cedar Court Hotel in Wakefield. They also picked up a £500 grant.

Julie Crawford, from the forum, said: “We’re planning to celebrate with a big party for everyone who is involved in our group.

“This summer we helped nearly 800 children to enjoy trips to the coasts and other places during the holidays and we’re hoping to use this money to fund the same opportunities next year.”

The WDH awards scheme, sponsored by Wolseley Integrated Services, recognises individuals and community groups that have made a positive difference in local communities.

Kevin Dodd, WDH chief executive, said: “A great deal of hard work has been going on across the district to make our communities better places to live, and local people are at the heart of this.”

The Cow Lane centre is under threat of closure in a service shake-up by Wakefield Council.

Under the proposals, a number of centres - including Havercroft - would be transferred to nearby schools but it is not clear whether the services would continue.

The forum is campaigning against the closures.