A MORRIS dancing group has raised more than £1,000 to help fund children's services in Oxford.

Cry Havoc, based in Botley, over the past year has been collecting at their dance outs and presented the money to Botley Bridges on Saturday at a meeting of its 'Saturdads' play group.

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They charity was set up when many Children's Centres across the county were forced to close in 2017 after Oxfordshire County Council withdrew funding due to budget cuts.

It has continued to provide drop in sessions, parenting courses, paediatric first aid courses and advice to families in Cumnor, North Hinksey and West Oxford.

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Initial transition funding from the council will end in March 2020 and the service will then be solely dependent on grants, contributions and donations.

Support has also come from county councillors Susanna Pressel and Judy Roberts as well as Cumnor Parish Council and North Hinksey Parish Council.

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More than 300 families have used the services in the past year and the sessions are run by a paid coordinator supported by volunteers.

A dad at the Saturday session said: "There are very few opportunities for dads in the area to meet up and get to know each other. "

To help with volunteering email coordinator@botleybridges.org.

Donations can also be made on botleybridges.org/donate.