A Swindon charity, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is set to support an extra 150 families this year, following a generous donation of £1,500.

The Swindon & North Wiltshire Deaf Children’s Society (SNWDCS), a community committed to advancing education and promoting deaf awareness, supports deaf and hearing-impaired children and their families.

Founded in 1993 by parents of deaf children, today it is still run by parent volunteers. The charity is also affiliated with the National Deaf Children’s Society.

Chair at SNWDCS, Josie Singleton, said: "With fundraising becoming more challenging, donations play a vital role in sustaining our activities.

"While we’re affiliated with the National Deaf Children’s Society, we rely on local donations and support.

"This funding will make a huge difference and enable us to continue our vital work to advance education and promote deaf awareness in our communities."

The generous donation was made by Barratt David Wilson Homes South West, who are currently constructing a new development at Orchards Rise in Wichelstowe.

Louise Ware, sales director for the company, said: "We’re proud to support SNWDCS – it delivers an essential resource for families in the Swindon and North Wiltshire area, providing vital support and creating a community where deaf children can thrive and reach their full potential."

Throughout its 30th anniversary year, SNWDCS is gearing up to host an array of events, including soft play parties for preschool and primary school children, social events for young people and parents, and a summer celebration at Lydiard Park in Swindon on August 31.

It's worth noting that the new Orchards Rise is part of the broader Wichelstowe development.

The Wichelstowe development is being built by Barratt Homes - building at Orchards View and David Wilson Homes, building at Orchards Rise, in partnership with Swindon Borough Council which will deliver 3,000 new homes over the next 20 years, along with new schools and community facilities.

The full interactive map, which offers a virtual tool of Orchards Rise, can be viewed here.

Furthermore, the site will feature open spaces, nature conservation areas, playing pitches, and allotments.

Residents will have access to 12km of new nature trails, play areas, 200 acres of open space and scenic walks along the Wilts and Berks Canal.

A variety of amenities such as M&S and Waitrose, PureGym, The Hall and Woodhouse restaurant are all within a 15-minute walk.

The M4 and Swindon train stations are also within a ten-minute drive, providing easy access to Bristol and London.