The Mayor of Wolverhampton has stepped in to make it a summer to remember for local children.

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Youngsters looking forward to a series of activities organised by the Heath Town based Breaking Boundaries group were left in limbo when their regular transport became unavailable.

But when Mayor Councillor Ian Brookfield heard of their plight on a visit to the holiday playscheme at New Trust Community Centre last week, he pulled some strings and secured the services of a bus and driver from the City of Wolverhampton Council.

Mayor Councillor Brookfield, who has pledged to support local voluntary groups like Breaking Boundaries during his year in office, said: "Breaking Boundaries offers a tremendous service to young people from Heath Town and the surrounding area.

"The playscheme is run by volunteers and gives local children something worthwhile to do during the long summer break, and it was devastating to hear that they faced having to cancel their holiday programme because the transport they were relying on had become unavailable.

"Fortunately the council had a bus available which is used to transport school pupils during term time, and thanks to the support of Managing Director Keith Ireland we have been able to make the vehicle and driver available to Breaking Boundaries for the next few weeks."

The gesture will enable Breaking Boundaries to complete its holiday programme of activities, which includes visits to locations around Wolverhampton - such as West Park, Northycote Farm, St Peter's Church, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Wildside Activity Centre - as well Acton Scott Farm at Church Stretton and Drayton Manor theme park in Tamworth.

Juliet Logan from Breaking Boundaries said: "This is wonderful news - the Mayor and the council have really saved our summer.

"We had 4 weeks of exciting visits and activities planned, and the children were so upset because we faced having to cancel them. Now they are over the moon because we've got transport again."

  • released: Thursday 30 July, 2015