CHARITIES have received a funding boost after thousands of people donated money to Wokingham's May Day Fayre.

The Wokingham Lions Club presented a cheque of £3,000 to their chosen charities at a business meeting on July 10.

Money raised from the May Day Fayre will aim to help disadvantaged families and children in the borough.

The Me2 Club and Home-Start Wokingham District are the two chosen charities to have been given a cash boost.

Tess Eagles, manager for the Me2 Club, said: "The Me2 Club team is very grateful for this amazing support from the Wokingham Lions Club.

"The fantastic donation of £3,000 will enable six more local children with additional needs to join in with a weekly, mainstream leisure activity.

"With the support of their volunteer 'buddy' the children will grow in confidence and self-esteem, whilst having lots of fun."

The Wokingham Lions Club worked in partnership with the Wokingham Town Council to organise the annual May Fayre, which took place on May 6.

A whole host of entertainment was on display, with circus scene street entertainers roaming around the town, Shinfield Shambles, comedy jugglers and musicians.

The charity - Me2 Club, supports children and young people with additional needs and disabilities to take part in activities.

Home Start also help families with young children deal with everyday challenges.

Emma Roberts, scheme manager at Home-Start Wokingham District, said: "With the support provided by the Wokingham Lions, from the proceeds of the May Fayre, we can continue to provide our support to vulnerable families across the Wokingham Borough.

"This vital donation will enable us to train more volunteers and in turn, these volunteers will regularly support families with young children, helping to reducing isolation, providing encouragement and advice and a listening ear.

"Without this support from the May Fayre, our waiting list of families needing support would get even longer."

Lyn Baily, president of Wokingham Lions Club, said: "We are very pleased to be able to support Me2 Club and Home-Start, with a cheque for £3,000 to each organisation.

"This money will help vulnerable families with children in the Wokingham area, and enable them to continue their valuable work."