Yorkshire and Lincolnshire benefits from £2.3m Children in Need funding

Lee, Chantelle, Liliana and Oliver
Lee, Chantelle, Liliana and Oliver attend the Chance To Meet events in Boston
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A charity for children with sensory impairment is one of 35 projects to share £2.3m from BBC Children in Need in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

BID Services runs the Chance to Meet project, which brings together children and young people and their families.

Chantelle, whose baby son Oliver has severe hearing loss, said the Boston group had been "so welcoming".

More than 8,000 children benefited from local projects this year, supported by £2.3m from Children in Need.

BID Services said without their funding, events such as visits to farms and to the theatre would not be possible.

Ahead of this year's appeal they hosted a Pudsey bowling party in Boston, which Chantelle attended with her husband Lee, daughter Liliana, and 11-week-old Oliver.

Another beneficiary is The Black Barn in Old Bolingbroke, Lincolnshire, a community farm set up to help tackle loneliness and isolation where young people help to organise coffee mornings and workshops.

Amy described people there as her "second family" and Lola said she always came away knowing a new craft.

The Trin - also known as Cleethorpes Community Sports and Education - is a project which provides activities to develop young people's social skills and broaden their horizons.

Joe Stead-Lewis, who runs many of the activities, said: "These kids, some of them, they'll go home and they'll have to babysit their little brother and sister.

"Some of these kids, they'll have to look after their mum and dad. They might be sick, they might be ill. You don't know what's going on at home with some of these kids.

"So when they're here, it is of paramount importance that they get to be a kid."

Lisa said the Pelican Park sessions gave "so much happiness"

In Hull, BBC Children in Need donations are funding healthy family learning sessions which aim to improve life skills and develop healthy habits of those in the surrounding area.

The classes, organised by Friends of Pelican Park, cover everything from staying active and eating healthily, to dental hygiene and handwashing.

Founder Jan Hornby said she was delighted the sessions were being funded until March 2025.

"It allows us to reach more families within these communities, and we've now got people volunteering who've attended the family learning sessions - so it's a win-win scenario for all communities," she said.

One of those who took part in the sessions, and now volunteers at Pelican Park, is mother-of-two Lisa.

"It's done the world of good for me and my family," she said.

"It's given us all so much happiness."

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