I APPRECIATED the article in the Echo on April 2 about the high sheriff of Dorset’s award to me on for the voluntary work I have done since 1976 to Keep our charity, Fernheath Play, running. Please would you include some further information via this letter?

Like most charities and many businesses we have experienced a great set back this year, with the knock-on effects of the coronavirus.

Many events which would have helped to generate funds for us have of course been cancelled so we have lost most of our sources of income which we depend on as a registered charity.

The high sheriff’s award certificate recognised the administrative work I have done behind the scenes, but the value of the work which our staff have done, in looking after children who sometimes have been very disadvantaged by disability or their family circumstances, can only be truly appreciated by the families who have benefitted from our service over the years.

We know that many people will have lost their jobs, due to the necessary restrictions shutting down businesses, but if lots of people, who are able, could donate even small regular amounts, by standing order or larger, one-off donations, gift aided if possible, this would help enormously and enable us to pay the staff we need to re-open our play centre as soon as this is permitted by government for all the school holiday playschemes and after school clubs.

Donations can be made through our Virgin Money Giving page – search “Fernheath Play” – or via cheque made out to "Fernheath Play” and sent to Fernheath Play Centre, Verney road, West Howe, Bournemouth BH11 8DA, email:info @fernheath-play.org.uk

We will be very grateful for any donations to help us continue our work for the children.


Founder/director, Fernheath Play