Children can learn new skills for free

Swimming is one of the activities on offer
Swimming is one of the activities on offer

YOUNG people in Shoreham are being offered the chance to try their hands at new skills for free.

KalliKids Sponsored Child 2015 offers children from all walks of life the chance to take part in a range of activities for free for a year.

There are 32 sponsorship places up for grabs in Sussex, 15 of them in the Shoreham area, ranging from swimming and football to extra tuition and music lessons.

Karen Bach, founder of KalliKids, said: “Inspiring young people to take part in new activities is pivotal to everything we do. Not only does it further their skills but also helps nurture their confidence and social skills.”

More than 20 young people benefited last year, the first year of the sponsored child scheme. Among them was three-year-old Flossie Scott, from Steyning, who took swimming lessons with Wet Wet Wet in Hove.

Mum Sarah Scott applied because she could not afford to pay for lessons herself.

“Sponsored Child is simply amazing,” she said. “Flossie has got so much out of it. Flossie suffers from a rare genetic disorder called acrodermatitis enteropathica. Without twice daily medication, the condition would be fatal. She also has a severe vitamin D deficiency.

“Swimming had always been her favourite activity but I could never afford to pay for lessons. It was great when she was chosen and she deserved a treat with everything she goes through with her health issues. The scheme has benefited her so much.”

Visit www.kallikids.com to find out more and apply for a place. The closing date for applications is February 20 and winners will be announced at the end of March.