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3:07pm 16th February 2012
(Updated 3:07pm 16th February 2012)

A threatened Cornish children's centre is fighting to survive.

The Sunshine Room in Camborne is home to playgroups, support services and helps families with special needs.

But managers say it might close because its funding has been cut. Now parents are trying to raise enough cash to stay open.

Mum Fiona Charman says it is vital for many, "I had Post Natal Depression with my first and it helped being here because it drew me out of myself. It brought me back to being me in a sense because I didn't have to feel so alone and there were other people here who knew exactly what it felt like.

"It offers so many things to so many people and the parents get so much benefit from coming in. It's not just mums, it's dads as well and it's open to anybody. It's just so friendly so if it was to go, that would be such a big loss"

Family workers are warning that the cuts are hitting the families that need the most help.

Sue Thomas is the family services co-ordinator, "We can support parents who might have problems or issues which aren't apparent and they don't wantt o talk abotu them until they feel comfortable and then we can maybe nip them in the bud. We look at our sessions as preventative.

"We help to prevent parents becoming isolated in their own homes. There may be other groups in the area but they wouldn't necessarily go to them and they would be staying at home, the children wouldn't be socialising, the parents would be more isolated. There would be more unhappy families."

The Sunshine Room needs £5,000 to apply for charity status, which will then mean it can apply for more grants to stay open.

3:07pm 16th February 2012

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