A BARNSLEY group that works with special needs children will be able to continue its work in 2014 thanks to a donation from Reds footballer Bobby Hassell.

Bobby, who is in his tenth season at Oakwell and is holding several testimonial events throughout the year, made the four-figure donation to Barnsley Little Stars but has asked that the amount remain undisclosed.

The group's founder Kerry Thompson said the donation will enable Little Stars to hold two monthly play sessions throughout 2014.

She said: "We're so delighted and thankful to Bobby for his generous gift. It came as a real surprise and means we can go ahead with our planned activities for 2014.

"It takes a lot of pressure off us as a group because we aren't a registered charity yet which means we can't apply for funding through the more direct channels.

"We will take the kids to Jungle Jym's in Barnsley twice a month on a Sunday afternoon. It's brilliant for the children but it's also a great place for parents and families to meet."