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Bridgend Soroptimists raise money for Parc Prison Barnardos literacy project

Karen Rees, children’s services manager; Sarah Crawley, director, Barnardo’s Cymru and past president Bethan
Karen Rees and Sarah Crawley, Barnardo’s                 Cymru with Past President Bethan

Bridgend Soroptimist Club has continued fundraising for the family visitor centre at Parc Prison, Bridgend.

Karen Rees, Barnardo’s children’s services manager and Sarah Crawley, director of Barnardo’s Cymru, were delighted to receive the sum of £1,200 from immediate past president Bethan on February 22 at the Heronston Hotel, Bridgend.

The family visitor centre is helping prisoners maintain contact with their children in congenial surroundings. More than 8,000 families are supported in Wales every year and 2,000 are using the facilities each month at Parc.

The service offers children’s activities in the centre, there is also a swap shop, where pre-loved clothing, equipment and toys are on offer for families to take away.

Multi-faith and cultural events take place regularly and family theatre trips are organised. Funds provided by the Soroptimists launched a short story writing competition for the children; the closing date is February 28 and winners will be announced in May.

This latest donation will be used to form a drama and musical facility in Parc Prison to help children and families deal with life when dad is absent.