AN online campaign has been launched to help raise funds for a Wordsley centre for children with learning disabilities.

Halesowen father-of-two Tim Buckingham, who runs catering company The Cookie Mumster, has launched a fundraising campaign on to help The Phoenix Centre raise the £75,000 to help with its annual running costs.

His three-year-old daughter Jasmine, who was born prematurely at 24 weeks, attends the nursery and he said: “This nursery helps children with GDD, autism and other learning difficulties

"I think they're amazing and what they do for my daughter is nothing short of brilliant. I wanted to do my bit for them.

"We are very lucky to have places like this for our children. If we didn’t have places like this these children would be stuck in the mainstream system.”

He is asking people to share the appeal to help raise awareness and to donate however much they can afford to help the centre in Barnett Lane. He added: “Any help, even £1, would be greatly appreciated.”

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The centre has been going since 1973 and helps children, mainly aged two to four, who have a range of physical, mental and emotional or delayed development problems.