A CHILDREN’S charity is offering funding to water-related projects in Hampshire after securing £60,000 in grants.

The Children’s Alliance charity, which was founded in 2019 by the late CEO of swimming school Water Babies, is welcoming applications from projects in Hampshire.

The funding aims to ‘better the lives of children and let them experience the mental and health benefits of being in the water’, says the charity.

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Although the organisation has been campaigning in Parliament and active in communities since 2019, it has recently secured charitable status to help the charity continue the campaigns and projects it has been working on and look toward a future full of opportunities to make a difference to children.

Paul Thompson, founder of Water Babies and chair of trustees at Children’s Alliance, said: “We’re thrilled to have gained charity status for Children’s Alliance and have already started working with communities to support children and young people accessing water and experiencing the benefits water can bring.

“Children are at the heart of Water Babies, and Children’s Alliance formalises our charitable work and provides an action plan of how to give back to families and communities, helping to provide better starts and brighter futures for children.”

The charity says it has benefited 477 children to date, through the provision of SEN swimming lessons, surfing sessions, specialised swimwear, and repairs to sensory pool facilities.

More information on how to apply for funding can be found at childrensalliance.org.uk.