A Wombourne charity that helps disabled children and their carers is facing a bleak 2017 with fears it could close by the summer without urgent funding.

WINGS (Wombourne Special Needs Support Group) based in Gravel Hill, Wombourne, offers respite care, social activities, clubs and a summer playscheme for children with Special Needs/Disabilities.

It could close within six months if urgent fundraising pushes fail to work.

The charity had been relying on funding from a national funder but their last bid was unsuccessful, due to an unprecedented increase in applications.

Nan Flavell, chair of WINGS said: “We are doing everything we can to raise funds ourselves and don’t like to beg, but we are desperate to raise money so the charity can carry on.

Get involved and keep WINGS going

“If anyone is thinking of doing a charity event and they’re not sure which charity to support or they simply want to make a charitable donation we would be very grateful if they considered us.

“We are fortunate to have a wonderful community spirit in Wombourne and many active groups who support us with donations, but we need to appeal to the wider community now. Our children are from Dudley, and Wolverhampton, as well as South Staffs – if there is a need we try to help, regardless of borders.

“As benefits and public services are squeezed ever tighter, the help that WINGS provides is becoming even more vital, and we need to look at new ways of making sure that we can continue. We would be willing to discuss sponsorship if there’s a local business or organisation interested.

“We are currently running on reserves which will only last until June. It would be tragic if WINGS had to close after 22 years of serving this community.”

If you want to raise money or simply donate direct, you can use the Wings Just Giving page.

For more information or to offer help call: 01902 892222 or email: mail@wingssupport.com