Peter Pan nursery’s drive to raise vital cash to help special needs children in Staffordshire

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A nursery for special needs children in Newcastle-under-Lyme is facing a massive shortfall in funds as it desperately needs £40,000 to keep going.

The Peter Pan Nursery for Special Needs Children, based in Hoon Avenue, provides care and education for children up to five years old.

The nursery’s team works with 50 families a week, and has a growing waiting list.

Its fundraising manager Christina Hunter said it costs £270,000 a year to keep the nursery operational and it receives no additional Government funding.

She said: “We are about £40,000 behind.

“The £270,000 is what is needed to provide the service that we currently give to the children.

“Another year like this, and we’re in trouble.”

Mother Katrina Bostock, 28, from Penkhull, has a three-year-old daughter Meliah, who attends the nursery each week.

The little girl was diagnosed with epilepsy and development delay at four months old.

Ms Bostock said: “She cannot walk or talk and has to have all food through a tube.

“Because of Meliah’s medical problems, and without a formal diagnosis, she cannot be accepted into mainstream education.

“Peter Pan has provided Meliah with the kind of education I didn’t think she would get.

“It’s really scary that they’re facing a £40,000 loss, because there’s no other nursery that’s close that can cater for Meliah’s needs.

“We desperately need them open.

“Not just me and Meliah, but the other parents too.”

The nursery raised around £1,800 on Saturday, December 4, after hosting a Christmas fayre.

And the Hanley Santander branch have matched the total, so the event raised £3,600.

To see more from nursery’s fundraising event, click on the video below:

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