Station House Community Association in Thurnscoe has been awarded £20,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery after attending John Healey’s funding workshop.

The childcare centre, which is run by the Community Development Charity, received the funding to help with general running costs as bills continue to rise due to the cost-of-living crisis.

The centre currently has 30 local youngsters that attended play group and 60 children attending their after-school club.

John Healey MP said: “The work that Station House does to help support local families in Thurnscoe and the surrounding area is second to none.

“Like all charities and voluntary organisations the cost-of-living crisis has impacted on energy bills and day to day running costs.

“The funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery has meant that Station House hasn’t had to pass rising costs on to parents in the area.”

John has now held three virtual fund-raising workshops with the People’s Postcode Lottery, for local charities, volunteer organisations, and community groups with £109,000 being handed out across the Wentworth and Dearne constituency.

Station House Chief Executive Charlotte Williams said: “Our mission at Station House is to provide the best care for the children within our community and to extend our support through projects that provide a better family life.

“It’s thanks to this funding that we’ve been able to keep our prices down for families in the area who, like us, are experiencing rising costs to their day to day living.

“The funding is really welcome and the best part is that it’s a quick process. You also get support and guidance on how to apply from the People’s Postcode Lottery team.”

Head of Public Affairs at People’s Postcode Lottery, Malcolm Fleming, added: “The money raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery is making a huge difference in communities across the country.

“We want to do all we can to help local charities and good causes successfully apply – particularly at a time when many are losing out on essential funds.

“Our free virtual workshops are a useful opportunity for smaller, local charities and groups to find out about the funding available, get pointers on applying and ask us any questions.”