Bikers join parents for Kingswood centre protest
MEMBERS of the Bristol Harley Davidson Group joined parents and their disabled children to promote a protest they are holding this coming Sunday.
A "carnival style" march is to be held by families who have youngsters with disabilities and life-limiting illnesses who use the Hop Skip and Jump centre in Kingswood.
They are protesting at changes at the centre, and say their views have been "ignored" by the charity running it.
Parents are upset that the charity has moved its focus away from a drop-in service to respite sessions.
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Hundreds of marchers are expected to congregate in Avening in Gloucestershire, where the charity running the centre is based.
They want to march past a church where chair of the charity's trustees, Reverend Celia Carter, works.
Chair of the Hop Skip and Jump Parents Group, Julian Burr, 33, of Hanham, said: "All we want is for our siblings to play together in the same place, safe in the knowledge that their needs are being met – it's not too much to ask." The charity opened its Bristol branch nine years ago and is used by more than 800 families.
Trustees of the centre, Ms Carter and Clarissa Mitchell, told the Post: "We are confused that a minority of parents have felt the need to call for a protest to present a petition that is misleading in calling for Hop Skip and Jump South West to offer services it already provides, and which has been only been signed by a handful of people since the turn of the year."