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More Than Two Fifths of East Midlands Parents Surveyed worry about being able to afford the basics for their kids

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Over two fifths – 42 per cent - said they couldn’t afford to take their children away on a week-long break either abroad or in the UK this year, in another finding from the same survey.

However, children from the East Midlands who couldn’t afford a holiday have had the chance to have a break and a fun time away this summer at The Salvation Army’s children’s and youth camps took place.

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The Salvation Army ran a camp in Rutland for around 50 young people from Anglia and the East Midlands. The camp helped children, whose parents might not be able to afford to take them on holiday, get away with financial assistance from The Army towards the costs.

The Salvation Army’s Divisional Youth Officer for the East Midlands, Andrew Whitehouse, said: “The Salvation Army has always, from its very beginnings, offered help and support to young people who come from deprived backgrounds. Summer camps give children who might not otherwise be able to have a holiday, the chance to have fun, meet other children, try new experiences, and learn about Christianity.

“The Salvation Army supports families facing difficult financial circumstances so that their children are able to attend one of our camps.”

Each year, The Salvation Army runs a number of residential summer schools for children, teenagers and young adults – some specifically cater to those who have less advantaged backgrounds, while others receive campers supported to attend by local corps (churches) – organising engaging activities, offering guidance, spiritual counsel and encouraging personal development. The church also runs a UK and Ireland summer school for young musicians and a school for people requiring additional care or support.

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Eleven-year-old Ashley-Rose has benefited from attending Salvation Army summer camps. She said: “This is the third year I’ve gone. I enjoy all the activities and getting stuck in.

“There’s me and a few girls in my street who go.

“It is exciting. I love going on the climbing wall and the zip wire. It is really fun.”

Her mother, Natasha, said: “It is a nice opportunity that the children can get involved in. They do lots of activities. It helps with child care as it’s a week taken care of in the summer holidays and they have good friends who go.”

Last year more than a thousand young people attended Salvation Army summer camps in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

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Notes to Editors All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 4263 adults of which 311 were from the East Midlands. Fieldwork was undertaken between  7th - 12th August 2013.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

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