A CHARD project which aims to support disadvantaged children has been awarded £23,000.

Magdalen Environmental Trust has received £23,662 from BBC Children In Need.

The grant has been allocated through the charity’s Small Grants Programme.

The new funding will enable the project to provide services to young people in the area and means BBC Children in Need currently has £52,294 invested locally. This is the third funding allocation of the year, with additional funding to be allocated to projects across the UK throughout 2019.

The trust has been awarded a three-year grant of £23,662 to provide residential activities for children and young people growing up in local authority care. Funding will help to improve participants’ social and communication skills, emotional resilience and support their physical health.

Giles Aspinall, chief executive at Magdalen Environmental Trust, said: “We are thrilled to receive funding from BBC Children in Need. This means we can support more children and young people in the community and can continue being a positive influence to those who participate in the activities we provide.”

The BBC Children in Need funds aim to see change in the lives of young people through its grant funding.

A spokesperson for the BBC Children in Need South and West team, said: “At BBC Children in Need we are committed to changing young lives and projects like this help to make that happen.

“We are delighted to be supporting projects across the South and West.

"We can’t wait to see the funding in action.”

BBC Children in Need’s chief executive, Simon Antrobus, said he hopes the funding will provide a lasting impact for the group and the young people it helps.

He added: “Our Small Grants programme is a great example of small sums of money delivering a big impact on a local level, and we’re delighted to award funding to projects like this as they work to make a lasting impact on young lives.

“A big thank you must go to our supporters, who make grants like this possible.”