THE Thurnscoe community is close-knit and always ready to back a cause – as with a recently launched support group for special families.
The parents, carers and kids who attend the twice-weekly Little Hopefuls’ sessions, for children with special needs and those who care for them, have found it a godsend.
The group, that is almost three months old, was opened by Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice, whose five-year-old adopted twins Levi and Lucas are autistic and suffer from epilepsy.
An appeal for wheelchairs for the boys proved such a winner that the men were keen to help others get the care and equipment that they were lacking too.
Several campaigns have been launched since and have been supported just as strongly as the initial one, by a caring community.
The parents’ support group on Thursday mornings invites guest speakers, and essentially, mums, dads and carers can share their experiences with others.
Last week, MacCabes funeral directors held a charity coffee morning at their premises on Houghton Road, to help raise cash for a specific bath needed by the Atwal-Brice boys in their wet room. They raised £112.
Staff at the funeral directors are also running an Easter egg appeal, to help children at Barnsley General Hospital.
They ask people to donate Easter eggs to their stash, which they will then pass on to young patients in the hospital’s children’s ward. Easter eggs can be handed to them until April 4.
Meanwhile, on Monday this week, Thurnscoe’s Asda store joined others around the region in launching its Community Life campaign, in which customers vote for local projects with tokens, and cash awards are given to each project at the end of two months – the winner receives £100. Little Hopefuls is among the schemes being promoted.
Asda representatives were also at the Gooseacre Primary School recently to donate packs of seeds and plants to budding young gardeners from the eco-committee, for their own school garden that is progressing well.