Hornchurch charity celebrates successful project

A Hornchurch charity has celebrated the end of a successful summer project which brought the whole community together.

Add+up is for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), who have challenging behaviour and their siblings.

Their ninth annual event had 82 children and young people aged five to 19 taking part.

It included art, sports including football training, drama, and a visit to an outdoor activity centre for older children where they also had a go at circus skills and raft building.

The project usually runs during the summer and gives children the chance to take part in activities to improve their creative skills while learning about their condition and how to manage it.

The charity also gives the parents respite and gives children the chance to meet with others with their condition.

The project was completed with a show and a prize-giving ceremony, which was attended by parents and carers, deputy mayor Lynden Thorpe, the local safer neighbourhood team, and members of Havering Council.

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Children also performed a play based on the seaside – the theme of the project.

Sheila Keeling, development manager at Add+up said: “We are grateful to Hornchurch Fire Station who visited with a fire engine and talked to the children about fire safety and to St Andrews Safer Neighbourhood Team and particularly to Sgt Paul Murray who arranged for the PCSOs to visit the children.

“They spent the day with them and joined in with the activities. This helps to build relationships and mutual respect between the children and the services.”