This month our committee decided The 500 Club donation should go to Stepping Stones Learn and Play Group in Colchester. Stepping Stones was set up in 1991 following requests from parents to give both mainstream children and those with additional needs the opportunity to play and learn together, where their child would not be the only one with additional needs and where staff had knowledge to meet the individual needs of the children who go there.
A integral member of the group's team is William, the pet turtle. Recently, it became clear that William was outgrowing his surroundings and whilst Stepping Stones is a registered charity which relies solely on funding and donations they had no choice but to dig deep into their reserves and purchase William a new home. As you know, finding new homes is second nature to us here at P&P, so it seemed particularly fitting to help William with his. "This is such amazing news, we feel it is so important that the children have the opportunity to interact and be involved in the care of animals. So as you know we have the turtle, William. We are hoping to be able to get some fish soon as the children with additional needs find this very therapeutic." Sue Townsend Group Coordinator.