Felixstowe Opportunity Group has received £3,500 to fund learning sessions for children with special needs in Felixstowe.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation which offers grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

Felixstowe Opportunity Group supports children and families with additional learning and development needs. The grant will assist the running costs of the sessions, including additional classes during school holidays, to help improve the lives of the children in a safe and supportive environment.

Lorraine Waite Chairperson at Felixstowe Opportunity Group said: "This being our 25th Anniversary year, our group continues to thrive and has become well established in the local Community. Grants such as this from the Santander Foundation help us enormously to continue our work with children with special needs and their families in our local community."

Jenny Bingle, Branch Manager at Santander’s Ipswich branch said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Felixstowe Opportunity Group, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local children.”

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In 2014 the Santander Foundation donated £5 million to charities across the UK.

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About Felixstowe Opportunity Group

FOG offers opportunities for all the family. For children with additional needs, it offers a place to play that is safe and supportive as well as stimulating. For Siblings, they are encouraged to participate in play or quiet time whilst having their needs acknowledged. For carers and family members, FOG offers a supportive, friendly environment as well as an opportunity to discuss any questions they may have regarding government entitlements. For more information please visit: www.felixstowe.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Felixstowe-Opportunity-Group.pdf

About Santander

The Santander Foundation provides grants to UK registered charities that help disadvantaged people in communities where Santander has a presence. The Community Plus fund provides donations of up to £5,000 to small, local charities nominated by customers, staff and the charities themselves. Our Central Grants programme has grants of up to £10,000 available for education, training and financial capability projects. In 2014, £5 million was donated by the Santander Foundation to charities across the UK. For more information please visit: www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its 1|2|3 products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. As at 30 June 2015, Santander UK was the most switched to bank, attracting 1 in 4 new retail customers. The bank serves more than 14 million active customers with c. 20,000 employees and operates through 900 branches and 68 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.