1. ITV Report

Cheltenham charity for disabled and autistic children enters insolvency

The Cotswold's Hop Skip & Jump branch near Cheltenham was saved from closure last September.

A charity which operates a respite centre for autistic and disabled children has been declared insolvent.

The Cotswold's Hop Skip & Jump branch near Cheltenham was saved from closure last September.

Now, it and four other branches including Bristol and Swindon are under threat.

Parents told ITV News they are 'devastated' after working so hard to keep the centre open.

The charity which was founded in 1982, entered administration after 'failing to recover from an unfortunate financial year of 2018/19'.

It employees 50 members of staff at sites in Bristol, the Cotswolds, Liverpool, Swindon and Wigan.

All centres are equipped with sensory rooms, soft play facilities and art rooms to help support services and carers.

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It is unfortunate to see this long-established charity fall into administration. Charities like Hop, Skip & Jump are reliant on funding and donations to stay afloat and the recent downturn in support has had a significant impact on cash flow.

The joint administrators are working to ensure continuity of services, whilst we explore the immediate options for the charity.

The joint administrators are reviewing the options for the business, which includes the possibility of a sale of either the whole or part of the business, most likely to a similar charity that will continue to provide the excellent range of services that Hop, Skip & Jump have developed over a number of years.

– Graham Randall, partner at Quantuma

In collaboration with the joint administrators, we are working tirelessly with local authorities and other agency stakeholders to ensure continuity of care to all those who rely on our services.

– A spokesperson for the charity Trustee’s said