CHILDREN in Need has donated more than £400,000 to projects in Wrexham and Flintshire.

Charities and organisations across the region are set to benefit from significant grants.

In Flintshire Save the Family in Mold has been awarded £76,942.

The money will be used to provide a youth outreach worker to provide a link between the family homeless centre and the community.

Daffodils in Mold was given £83,977, which will be used to fund trips for children with disabilities.

Also in Mold, the Plas Derw Trust received £29,025.

The grant will secure the charity’s ‘Making A Positive Difference’ project for the next three years.

The project aims to use the ethos of the Forest School – a stimulating environment in local woodland – to develop personal qualities in children from areas of deprivation.

Pippa Gallagher, Plas Derw’s outdoor learning co-ordinator, said: “Through games and activities we work on their self esteem, self confidence, social skills and motivation and concentration.

“We are really pleased to receive the funding allowing us to run the project over the next three years.

“As it is a long-term project we are able to invite those who have benefited back to the woods year on year to keep up the good work, not to mention all of the new lives we will touch.”

North Wales Superkids in Flint has also received £4,000, which will be used to help 16 disadvantaged families.

In Wrexham, four organisations have been given grants.

Home-Start Wrexham has been awarded £33,532, enabling it to provide safe transport for disadvantaged children to attend support groups.

A further £46,500 has been awarded to Venture Wrexham which provides support to vulnerable children through a mentoring programme.

Family Friends For Fives To Elevens has been given £55,350 to train volunteers to provide support to children facing difficulties.

Nightingale House Hospice has been awarded £75,000.

Today is the official Children in Need day and fundraisers are at work across the region.

Marc Phillips, of BBC Children in Need in Wales, said: “We hope this year's appeal will be the biggest and best ever.”

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