Animal day for children in Lancing

W16035H12 WH CUDDLE GT 13.04.12.''' Lancing Children and Family Centre ...... Cuddle -Me-Do.... Ken Hitchcock  with a little goat ...... ................W16035H12.
W16035H12 WH CUDDLE GT 13.04.12.''' Lancing Children and Family Centre ...... Cuddle -Me-Do.... Ken Hitchcock with a little goat ...... ................W16035H12.
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A MINIATURE pony and a range of farmyard animals were among the highlights of an afternoon held for children with learning disabilities.

The Lancing Children and Family Centre, in North Road, gave children with a range of disabilities the opportunity to meet and touch animals when it was visited by the Cuddle Me Do Farm, which is based in Alford, Surrey.

On the day, among the animals were chicks, lambs, baby goats and mini pigs.

More than 500 people came through the family centre’s doors to pet the animals on Friday. Lyn Daley, outreach worker at the centre and organiser of the event, said: “The children were so excited.

“Some children have never seen some of the animals before and to be able to have the opportunity to touch the animals has been great for them.

“Farmer Ken Hitchcock has been brilliant, explaining different thngs about the animals they wouldn’t have known. It’s been amazing.”

It is the second year the centre, which is primarily open for children from new-born to five years old, has welcomed Cuddle Me Do, after the event was such a success last year.

The West Sussex County Council-backed family centre was given funding to have Cuddle Me Do attend from the Aiming High for Disabled Children fund.

Around 10 to 11 children with a range of disabilities, including autism and mobility problems, were invited, with other children also turning up on the day.

The centre meets once a week, and Lyn added: “If a parent needs support we will give it to them.”

For further information, phone 01903 276898.