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Leicestershire charity which teaches children with disabilities could close

Rosemary Conley is a patron for the charity Photo: ITV Central

A school in Leicestershire which teaches children with disabilities could close because of a dramatic fall in donations during the recession.

The charity Steps, based in Shepshed, only has enough money to pay its staff another month's wages.

Donations make up half of the centre's funding, and without an injection of cash, it could shut down by September.

The only alternative to closure would be to start charging for its services - currently they are provided for free.

The charity's patron is the celebrity fitness expert Rosemary Conley.

She is appealing to people to do anything they can to raise funds to keep the centre open.

Steps, which offers a unique service in the Midlands, was set up 17 years ago to help youngsters with a range of physical disabilities.

Its founder Heather Crate recognized the benefits to children from conductive education, a pioneering technique used at the famous Peto Institute in Hungary.

Mrs Crate's grandson, who was one of the original children helped by the charity, made huge progress at the school and is now able to live independently.

For more information, visit the charity's website.

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