Galaxy of Stars children’s group bidding to become a charity

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A CHILDREN’S group is hosting two fundraising events as it hopes create its own centre and bids to become a registered charity.

Galaxy of Stars is holding a clothes sale and a Valentines dance on February 11, as it looks to raise £300,000 to create a new venue to hold its sessions.

After forming in May last year, Galaxy of Stars also needs to raise £5,000 in a year to become a registered charity.

The group of volunteers run sessions in Bourne supporting children with additional needs and offer advice and understanding to their families.

It runs four sessions for different age groups, including a class in which parents can speak to other parents whose children have additional needs, which are currently being held at the volunteers homes.

It also welcomes children without additional needs whose parents need extra support.

The group, which has so far raised £2,800, was founded by Annie Elliott, of Broadlands Avenue, Bourne, after her third son James was diagnosed with autism.

Annie, 36, said: “When James was diagnosed, we realised there was no local support for parents in our position so we decided to set up the classes.

“Since we started running the sessions in May, we have just continued to grow in numbers. We didn’t expect there to be quite so many people getting in contact with us and we now have more than 200 registered members.

“In terms of fundraising, we held our first event in October with a family bingo and we’ve also done a sponsored walk in Bourne Woods.

“Now we need to create a new centre to offer our service because we’re currently holding the sessions at our own homes. We’re hoping to find somewhere where we can have a charity shop, a small coffee shop, and the facilities to host our sessions.

“And we need to raise £5,000 by May to become a registered charity, so any help we can get for our fundraising would be greatly appreciated.”

The sale runs from 10am to 1pm at the Darby and Joan Hall, in Bourne, and will have clothes for adults, children and babies.

At the same venue in the evening, the charity disco is set to run from 7.30pm to 11.30pm.

Annie said: “The clothes sale is going to be really big and we’ve got hundreds of clothes already but we’re still looking for people who want to sell their unwanted items.

“We’ve also got Mickey Mouse visiting so it will be great for the children, and we’re serving coffee and tea, and selling cakes. It’s going to be a fantastic day.

“Then we’re holding the Valentines dance. There’ll be a DJ playing fab music from the 70s, 80s and 90s and everyone is welcome.”

People can sell their clothes if they make an advance donation of £5 to the group. They should mark up each item with a price they want to sell them for. Profits that are made from the sale of each item will go back to the original owner and any unsold items will also be returned.

To sell clothes or for tickets to the Valentine’s dance, call Annie on 07712 511923.Tickets for the evening disco are £5 per person.

For more information about the group, visit www.galaxyofstars123.org.uk.