Some of the committee members with a special celebration cake

A North Lynn-based charity,  which helps families who have children with complex needs, has celebrated its 15th birthday.

Little Discoverers West Norfolk School for Parents celebrated with a barn dance at Dersingham Village Centre on Saturday.

Based at Lynnsport’s Dutton Pavilion, the charity runs three group sessions and has helped hundreds of people since its formation. 

Team member Pauline Bennett explained the charity needs to raise £37,000 a year to keep running its free service. 

Pre-school children with  movement difficulties and delayed development attend sessions with their parents/carers and learn new skills to help improve their physical, communication and social skills.

Three specially trained staff help the youngsters to learn while having fun.

The sessions also help to combat isolation and the charity also supports siblings and extended family with holiday sessions. 

At the party, Paul Sheerin senior partner at local solicitors Hawkins Ryan presented a cheque for £3,500 to the charity’s chairman Katie Fisher.

Mrs Fisher, who founded the charity, was recognised for her work at the start of the year when she was  awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours for services to children with disabilities.

The donation from Hawkins Ryan was the first of a £10,000 sponsorship pledge over three years to support Little Discoverers.

Paul Sheerin and Katie Fisher with the cheque.

Ms Bennett said: “This kind of support from the local community is wonderful.”

Charity representatives said they were very grateful for the donation and also thanked local businesses Stephenson Smart and Imagine Health and Spa for donating raffle prizes.

The charity is looking for volunteers to serve as trustees and committee members in particular, it is appealing for someone able to take on the role of treasurer. 

If you are interested in helping in any way, you can find out more about Little Discoverers online or email