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Cheltenham's Hop, Skip and Jump for disabled and autistic children is saved

Campaigners fought hard to keep the centre open. Credit: ITV News

Cheltenham's Hop, Skip and Jump, a respite centre for disabled and autistic children has been brought back from the brink, after it was close to closure.

Parents were first told that the centre had a temporary reprieve until the end of this month.

Now they have been told that it will not close at all.

Cassie Kane whose son Mikey is profoundly autistic relies on the centre for after-school care and respite at the weekends:

Absolute delight from everybody - couldn't be better. It's our lifeline and it's going to continue. For all the families it's the best news we could have had.

– Cassie Kane

When parents heard that the charity running the centre was under financial pressure, they campaigned hard to keep it open - ITV West Country covered the story.

Since then, the manager has been bombarded with calls from parents who want their children to attend.

Now the kids who rely on the centre can keep smiling. Credit: ITV News

It has been a worrying time for parents and staff. But now they, and these children, can smile again.