The sun shone as a group of 40 Kettering children set off for a holiday on the Isle of Wight, made possible by the generosity of well-wishers.
The youngsters set off today (Saturday, July 21) on the 25th annual children’s summer holiday organised by Kettering Centre for the Unemployed.
Youngsters, aged three to 11, were accompanied by 10 adult volunteers.
The trip cost £18,000 and donations of £6,750 were received from the BBC’s Children in Need charity and £3,500 from Greggs the bakers which also supplied drinks and snacks for the journey.
The rest of the money came from donations from local firms and fundraising events.
Project leader Maggie Don said: “We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped make this holiday possible, especially Children in Need and Greggs. We also owe a big thank-you to the William Knibb Centre in Kettering which provided us with premises to get the trip organised.
“The children who are taking part are all very excited and they wouldn’t be enjoying a summer holiday at all if it wasn’t for the help and financial support we have received.
“The weather is beautiful and we’re looking forward to a great week.”
The youngsters have plenty treats planned include visits to the beach, a zoo, a picnic at a castle and swimming sessions.
They will be staying at a park resort near Cowes on the island and will return to Kettering next Saturday.